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NEWS

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Back in December, the USDA opened the first General CRP Sign-up since 2015. This means landowners have a chance to enroll land in CRP for the first time or continue their participation for another term.

Landowners who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment (Miami County average is $71/acre) for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species such as approved native glasses and wildflowers.

The general sign-up period closes on Friday February 28th. For more information, contact the FSA Office @ 913-294-3751 ext. 2.

    Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

    The deadline for EQIP Applications is Monday March 2nd in order to be evaluated to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2020. Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding in subsequent batching periods that will be announced at a later date.

    The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

    For more information, contact the NRCS Office @ 913-294-3751 ext. 3

      Seed Sales

      The District is eager to help create custom blended seed mixes, including cover crop mixes, pollinator mixes, honey bee mixes, and other specialty blends to assist with erosion control, pasture/hayland enhancement, and wildlife habitat needs.

      Sales typically run from December 1st through May 15th. Contact us at (913) 294-3751 ext. 3 to schedule an appointment, or stop by the office.

      2020 Conservation Theme

      The National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Stewardship Theme this year is “Where would we BEE without Pollinators?”, which seeks to raise awareness and interest among K-12 students (and their parents) regarding the important of pollinators to humans and other life.

      Teachers and parents interested in accessing online resources can check out www.nacdnet.org. Teachers interested in participating in poster/limerick/speech contests should contact us. State and National winners receive awards and scholarships.

      Conservation Program Signup

      We accept applications for conservation cost-share programs during the month of May. If approved, up to 50% of project cost may be covered.

      Visit with us now about your project ideas. High priority practices include, but are not limited to:

      • Brush management on productive pastureland
      • Grazing management systems to promote water quality (water tanks, cross-fencing)
      • Establishing permanent vegetation on degraded cropland
      • Erosion and sediment control on cropland (ie. terraces and waterways)

      Applicants may submit applications in person or online. Application are available here or in the office.