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Restoration Bioproducts New Biochar Plant

Restoration Bioproducts Announces New Biochar Plant

In August 2022, bioenergy producer Restoration Bioproducts announced plans to build the first-ever biochar production facility in Sussex County, Virginia. With an investment of $5.8 million, the company will be creating a number of new jobs and buying over 34,000 tons of wood products grown within the state. By establishing this new facility, biochar and …

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FDCE Awarded USDA Funding for RCPP

FDCE Awarded USDA Funding Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

The USDA recently announced a $197 million investment in local conservation projects through the partner-driven Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). We’re proud to announce that FDCE was one of the recipients of this award and can’t wait to get started with our RCPP project. With the goal of advancing new, innovative conservation projects including efforts …

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Illinois Conservation Reserve Program CREP - FDCE

What is the Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)?

On June 14, 2022, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced the return of the Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The restoration of this incentive-based program provides an excellent opportunity for Illinois farmers to take advantage of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) benefits on their land. While …

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What's New with CRP

What’s New with CRP?

Chances are, if you’re a landowner participating in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), you don’t have much time to stay up to date on the most recent CRP news. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the latest updates, improvements, and initiatives of CRP to keep you in the loop. 2022 Enrollment As of May 13, …

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Conservation Reserve Program Sign Up 2022

Reminder – Sign Up for CRP by March 11!

If you’re planning to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this year, be sure to submit your application soon! This year’s deadline to apply for General CRP is March 11, 2022. By enrolling in the program, landowners and farmers can establish conservation practices on their land to protect vulnerable soil from erosion, enhance water …

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Farmers shaking hands. customer choose FDCE for Conservation Reserve Program

Top 3 Reasons CRP Landowners Choose FDCE

Each year, FDCE conducts a customer survey to gain feedback on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) services we provide. For our 2021 survey, we were thrilled to receive overwhelmingly positive results. Over 82% of our customers reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with our services, while 85% of respondents stated they were likely …

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Cattle Grazing CRP

Rules for Haying and Grazing CRP Land

Specific rules apply regarding harvesting the hay from, or allowing grazing on, land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The clearest way to assess the rules is to first identify whether conditions are considered ordinary or drought. Both haying and grazing may be permitted for one of two reasons: To improve the quality or …

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USDA Announces Expansion of CRP

The new administration continues to promote conservation initiatives across the agriculture industry. Earlier this year, the USDA announced that enrollment for general CRP in 2021 would stay open indefinitely. Now, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced plans to further expand and enhance the program moving forward.   It should come as no surprise that the administration is first …

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USDA Extends Enrollment for General CRP in 2021

The USDA recently announced they will be extending enrollment in general CRP for 2021. Originally, enrollment was set to close on February 12. As of now, there is no official end date set for closure, and interested parties may continue to submit bids to enter the program.  “USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity …

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