Environmental Conservation

Conservation Reserve Program Pros and Cons

CRP Pros and Cons

If you’re considering enrolling your land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), you likely already have some idea of the benefits of participating in this program. But you may be wondering what, if anything, are the drawbacks to CRP? While the positives of participating in CRP certainly outweigh the negatives, it’s important to understand both …

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Rules for Maintaining Your CRP Acres

Establishing your Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) project on your eligible farmland is the first step in taking advantage of the extensive benefits associated with the program. There are a number of eligibility requirements you and your land must meet in order to participate in CRP, but once the initial phase of planting and growing has …

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Why Choose Prairie Strips Over Traditional Strip Designs?

When beginning your contract with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), you may have questions regarding which types of farming practices are best suited for maximizing the benefits of the program. Through the Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR) Initiative established by the CRP, CP-43 Prairie Strips is a new project designed to assist you with …

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CRP Water Conservation Testing

What is CRP doing for your water?

One of the most important benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is the improvement of water quality in farmlands participating in the program. While traditional agricultural practices can damage our country’s water supply by the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, CRP has been shown to improve water quality through numerous research and …

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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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CRP and the Honey Bee

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is well known for its wildlife habitat preservation, but one of the most vital species the program protects is the honey bee. For decades, the honey bee population has been in decline due to disease, pesticides, lack of sufficient nutrients, and reduced natural habitat. Through essential projects such as the …

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Row Crop Chemical Carryover – what you need to know when planting CRP

Chemical carryover caused by some new herbicides has become an increasingly frequent and potentially expensive problem for new CRP participants. If you used herbicide on the previous years’ crops, it may affect when you can plant your new CRP project. Some crop herbicides available on the market today have longer and longer carryover rates—sometimes 18 …

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How does the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Work?

The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency oversees several voluntary conservation-related programs, including the Conservation Reserve Program. In the past, farmers have joked the CRP, “pays farmers not to farm”. But the truth is the work the farmers do with CRP has far reaching benefits. Programs like CRP work to address a large …

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5 Conservation Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Congress created CRP in 1985 following increased concern over unacceptably high levels of soil erosion as well as other environmental concerns. The 1985 Farm Bill authorized USDA to enroll up to 45 million acres in CRP. By idling environmentally sensitive lands, the Conservation Reserve Program provides substantial conservation benefits by improving water quality, protecting soil, …

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Promoting Pollinators Besides Honeybees

Honeybees have long been the dominant pollinator in North America. Today, roughly 80% of crop pollination is performed by honeybees, with some crops relying almost exclusively on this non-native species. Due the massive decline in honeybees caused by colony collapse disorder, many are looking towards other pollinators to pick up the slack.  The question is are other pollinator species as effective as …

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