Conservation

CRP to Be Expanded and Enhanced in 2021

Since taking office in January, President Biden and his administration have made it clear that sustainability and environmental protection are top priorities. While actions such as establishing a regulated carbon market could take some time to implement, the government is already expanding existing programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program.  CRP has proven to be one of the most successful voluntary conservation …

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Why Farmers Need to Take Soil Erosion Seriously

Every farmer understands how important topsoil is. After all, 95% of our food depends on it. Unfortunately, the US is losing topsoil 10x faster than it’s being replenished. Considering it takes at least 100 years for new topsoil to develop, this is a very serious issue.   It is not, however, a new issue.  We’ve lost over half of our topsoil over the past 150 …

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General CRP Enrollment for 2021 Has Been Extended

Annual enrollment for general CRP officially opened on January 4th of this year. Originally, enrollment was scheduled to close on February 12. However, the USDA has officially announced that enrollment will remain open for an unspecified period of time.  This means that farmers and landowners still have a chance to submit proposals and earn a contract for general CRP …

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Joining the Carbon Market as a Farmer

With the emphasis the Biden administration is placing on sustainability and the environment, it’s a guarantee that farmers will be affected over the next four years. In fact, farmers may be the key to making President Biden’s goals a reality. After all when it comes to carbon sequestration, herbaceous sequestration provides a number of advantages over woody sequestration.    …

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The Biden Administration’s Plans for Agriculture and Carbon Banking

Just over a month into his presidency, President Joe Biden has already signed more than 50 executive orders into action. While the majority of these policies are focused on the pandemic and immigration, the environment is also a key focus of the new president. President Biden has significant plans for reducing emissions and combatting climate changes, and farmers are certain to play …

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General CRP, CCRP, and CREP: What’s the Difference?

Enrollment for general CRP is currently open until February 12. However, this isn’t the only way to join the Conservation Reserve Program. Two other popular programs within CRP are Continuous CRP and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).   General CRP, CCRP, and CREP are very similar for the most part. All of them are conservation programs overseen …

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Creating a Conservation Plan for CRP

Joining the Conservation Reserve Program is a multistep process that even experienced farmers can find overwhelming. However, that shouldn’t stop you from joining. Since launching, CRP has helped countless farmers and landowners restore health to their soil while protecting local water supplies and providing habitat for wildlife.   Your local USDA office can help you get started, answering questions and walking you through the …

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Reducing Nitrogen Fertilizers in Farming

Nitrogen is a vital element for plants. Unfortunately, farmland is often in short supply of it. Though 80% of our air is made of nitrogen, atmospheric nitrogen isn’t usable for plants. Instead, they need nitrates, which they take from soil.  Nitrates occur naturally from decomposing plants and animals, animal waste, rainfall, and even lightning. However, farming techniques such as tillage and planting the same crops year after …

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What Happens if Our Pollinators Die?

Last month, we discussed the reasons why so many of our major pollinators are dying. For honeybees, it’s because of Colony Collapse Disorder, which itself remains somewhat of a mystery. For bumbles, butterflies, and other pollinator species, however, it’s largely due to a loss of habitat, the use of harmful pesticides, changing climate conditions, and more.  With so many pollinators suffering, it’s important that we take …

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Carbon Sequestration Through CRP

While carbon, specifically carbon dioxide, is important for crops, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Carbon dioxide makes up just .04% of our atmosphere, yet it serves some important functions. As a greenhouse gas, it’s responsible for absorbing the suns rays and keeping our planet warm enough for life to thrive. Additionally, it’s a critical component of …

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