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Synthetic Fertilizers and the Dangers of Nitrogen Pollution

Farmers have long relied on synthetic fertilizers to provide their crops with much needed nitrogen. Though nitrogen makes up 80% of our air, this gaseous state is unusable for plants. Fertilizers, on the other hand, are filled with nitrates, chemical compounds that provide plants with easily absorbed nitrogen.   While effective at helping plant life thrive, these …

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What Do I Need to Plant CRP?

Looking to enroll or just recently enrolled land in CRP? If you’re new to the program, it’s natural to have a few questions. The Conservation Reserve Program has a number of specific requirements that contract holders must follow, including what seed is used, how it’s planted, and how it’s maintained.  Before you get too far along in …

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What People are Saying About FDCE

Over the past 17 years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with CRP contract holders across the US, assisting them in establishing over 360,000 acres of native grasses, forbs, and pollinator habitat. Today, we’d like to share the stories of just a few of those farmers, managers, and landowners. Please click the video below to …

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How Farming Impacts the Environment

There is no denying all of the good that farming and agriculture does for people around the world. Modern farming in the US has led this country to great prosperity, putting food on our plates at an affordable price while we pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Of course, agriculture doesn’t just provide our food but fabrics, energy sources, medicine, and more.   As wonderful as …

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Understanding the Gulf of Mexico’s Hypoxic Zone

Spanning the shores of 5 US states and 6 Mexican states, the Gulf of Mexico is 10th largest body of water in the world, excluding oceans. It acts as a vital resource to both of its bordering countries, providing food, sport, oil, and more. Today, the Gulf of Mexico faces a growing threat that’s causing its waters to darken as marine life either leaves or …

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Introducing All Native Seed – A Better Way to Purchase High-Quality CRP Seed Mixes

FDCE is proud to announce the launch of our CRP seed retailer, All Native Seed. With All Native Seed, CRP contract holders can easily find the CRP seed mixes they need for their particular practice. All Native Seed offers seed mixes developed by the NRCS, as well as our own NRCS-compliant seed mixes.  Whichever type you …

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Controlling Thistle and Other Noxious Weed in CRP

CRP practices often contain a diverse selection of plant species native to the area where you live. But that doesn’t mean you can let just anything grow there. As with traditional farming, weed control is an important part of establishing CRP.  Weeds can hinder seed development, not to mention prove harmful for wildlife. If they’re not dealt with immediately and effectively, …

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Converting Cool Season Pasture Grass to Native Warm Season Grass

Cool season grass has long been popular throughout much of the US where it can be found everywhere from lawns to farm fields. While cool season grass thrives in the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and moisture is prevalent, it struggles in the hot dry summer months. Native warm season grass (or NWSG), on the …

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Our CRP Reporting Services

In our last post, we discussed the thorough paperwork requirements for reporting cost–share with CRP. While CRP offers great cost-share benefits (especially with Practice Incentive Payments), stringent documenting and organization are required to receive the appropriate reimbursement in a timely manner.  Improper reporting serves as a constant setback for both landowners enrolled in CRP and the FSA offices that oversee them, creating frustration for all parties involved.  It’s no …

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Establishing Native Grasses and Forbs for CRP – Part 2: Seed Placement and Planting

Considering enrolling in CRP for native grasses and forbs? We don’t blame you. CRP not only offers competitive rates, cost-sharing reimbursement, and sign-up incentives, but planting native grass is great for both your farm and the environment as a whole. That said, if you want to successfully establish native grass on your land through CRP, …

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