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Study Shows USDA Program Does Work to Benefit the Land

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is doing what it was designed to do — improve agricultural viability, encourage on-farm conservation and help farmers gain access to land — according to a study by … Continue reading

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CRP Sign-Up Opens on Monday, May 20

The wait is over. The 45th general sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program starts Monday, May 20 and will run through June 14. During that time, producers can sign up to receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers … Continue reading

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Prickly Plants Might Cleanse California Soil

It’s hard to believe that ancient seas once covered a large part of California’s San Joaquin Valley—until you check the soils. That’s when you’ll discover that those seas left behind marine sediments, shale formations and deposits of selenium and other … Continue reading

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USDA Fulfills Goal of 1 Million Conservation Acres

USDA has allocated 400,000 state acres to support conservation and restoration of wildlife and their habitats as part of the Conservation Reserve Program. The announcement, made by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during a visit to Iowa, fulfills USDA’s commitment made … Continue reading

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USDA Conservation Agreement to Aid Colorado Rio Grande Basin; Producers Can Sign Up Soon

Farmers and ranchers in portions of Colorado soon will be able to sign up for a voluntary conservation program designed to preserve irrigation water and reduce ground water withdrawal from the Rio Grande Basin. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Colorado … Continue reading

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A Blended Pair: Farming and Conservation

Farming and Conservation go hand-in-hand. That’s what Sharon Oetting and her husband Steve are proving on their 700-acre farm in Missouri. A member of the Missouri Farm Service Agency State Committee, Sharon is committed to preserving the land and natural … Continue reading

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Additional 218 Counties Named Disaster Areas; Crop Insurance Deadline Extended

An additional 218 counties in 12 states have been named a primary natural disaster area due to the drought. The worsening drought has caused many producers to suffer, prompting Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to expand emergency haying and grazing on … Continue reading

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USDA Bends Rules on Conservation Programs to Help Farmers, Livestock Producers Weather Drought

USDA announced additional steps to assist farmers and livestock producers suffering from one of the worst droughts seen in more than 70 years. During a media conference today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to several conservation programs that will … Continue reading

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Sign-Up for Highly Erodible Land Initiative Opens Today

Sign-up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program opens today, July 23, giving landowners an opportunity to receive rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible cropland. Croplands with an erodibility … Continue reading

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Auto Exec Trades Up for a Ranch

By Kent Politsch, Chief, FSA Public Affairs Branch Some people have “Heaven on Earth!” How many times have you heard that said?  Ever wonder who or where they were talking about?  If you were in Wyoming, it might have been … Continue reading

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