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    May 28, 2013
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    General CRP Sign-Up Underway 12

    A general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up is currently occurring at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices throughout the United States. The general CRP sign-up period runs from May 20 through June 14. General CRP sign-ups were also held in 2012 when 3.6 million acres were accepted into CRP, in 2011 with 3.75 million acres were accepted into CRP and in 2010 when about 4.2 million acres were accepted into CRP....More
  • Mar 12, 2013
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    Future of the Conservation Reserve Program 9

    In 2013, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is celebrating its 27th anniversary, and over two and a half decades of conservation success. CRP was originally established in the 1985 Farm Bill, and today has over 390,000 landowners participating, most of which are farmers and ranchers, and currently has just over 27.0 million acres under some-type of CRP contracts. Another general CRP sign-up will be held in 2013, from May 20 through June 14, at local FSA offices....More
  • Feb 14, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    USDA Reports Say Climate Change Will Affect Agriculture 7

    Two USDA reports say U.S. agriculture and forest management will have to adapt to climate change and that some of those efforts are already underway. "It’s well documented that the climate is changing, that we are seeing changes in temperature and in changes in precipitation patterns, and that those changes are having implications for forests and for agriculture," says William Hohenstein, director of climate change program, USDA. "What these reports actually look at in more detail are the changes that we expect in changes in terms of extreme events. Changes in the probability of droughts, and floods and how that also will have implications for our resources."...More
  • Feb 5, 2013
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    Farm Programs Should Reward Not Penalize Soil Health 1

    An appeal to the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) system by Kansas farmer Gail Fuller – who is recognized by USDA NRCS and the American Soybean Association for his commitment to conservation – highlights the importance of aligning insurance policies with agronomic and environmental efforts....More
  • Jan 25, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    2013 Conservation Legacy Awards: Northeast Region: Roger Wenning 39

    Soil health is the main focus at Wenning Farms, in the rolling hills and tight clay soils of southeastern Indiana. The family operates more than 600 acres in a corn/soybean rotation....More
  • Jan 25, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    2013 Conservation Legacy Awards: South Region: Jeremy Jack

    Combine flat fields, lots of rainfall and a need for irrigation to fight summer heat and it becomes obvious that moisture management is critical for Jeremy Jack, South Region winner of the 2013 Conservation Legacy Awards. “In the Mississippi Delta, one of our biggest conservation efforts goes into water management,” Jack says. “Soil and nutrient management is set by the way we manage water.”...More
  • Jan 25, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    2013 Conservation Legacy Awards: Midwest Region: Gail Fuller 2

    Gail Fuller is a farmer by occupation; he also is equal parts philosopher and futurist. This Emporia, Kan., farmer quotes an ancient philosopher: “To be a successful farmer, one must first know the nature of the soil,” he says, quoting Xenophon of Athens, a Greek author who wrote those words nearly 2,500 years ago. From Fuller’s point of view, “knowing the soil” has slipped pretty far down the priority list in today’s agriculture. But it is job one at Fuller Farms....More

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