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USDA-NRCS schedules CRP informational meeting

By Staff | Feb 8, 2016

BURT – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources are holding an informational meeting for landowners, operators, or persons who would like to learn more about the importance of conservation practices in the agricultural landscape.

The meeting is set from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Burt Activity Complex, 406 Bush St., in Burt.

The event is free and open to the public.

Landowners and operators will be informed about the need for conservation, actions that can be taken to establish or improve existing practices on their lands, and programs available to those interested in promoting conservation in their operations.

One of the most well-known and successful programs at addressing resource concerns is the Conservation Reserve Program that is administered by FSA. CRP is a long-term, voluntary program that helps agricultural producers retire environmentally sensitive land into conservation cover that helps to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality and provide wildlife habitat.

For producers currently enrolled in CRP with upcoming Mid-contract Management obligations, or those with CRP contracts beginning this spring, this is an opportunity to have questions answered.

This meeting will cover the basics of how to manage CRP acres throughout the contract’s entirety and what to expect in practice implementation.

Best management practices for contracts is essential to maintaining the integrity of both operation and conservation practices.

For those producers that need to complete MCM this year, pre-registration is recommended to ensure adequate staff is available to write prescribed burn plans.

Register by calling the Kossuth County FSA at (515) 295-3541 Ext. 2.

Additionally, presenters will have information on how to maximize wildlife benefits and impacts on rural land.

Iowans across the state place a high value on wildlife for hunting or watching wildlife.

Some simple changes to implemented programs can have a tremendous impact on wildlife and water quality.

For more information, contact Kossuth County FSA office or email angie.christian@ia.usda.gov.

Individuals with disabilities should schedule attendance in advance to ensure proper accommodations are provided. This includes, but is not limited to, accessibility, sign language interpreters, Braille, large print or alternative print formats, and special dietary requirements.

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