Bee on flower

Nebraska Ranks Third in USDA’s 2022 Grassland CRP Signups

July 21, 2022
About 5.6 million acres across the U.S. are entering CRP in 2023, surpassing the 3.9 million acres expiring this year.

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Bee on prairie flower

USDA to Allow Producers to Request Voluntary Termination of Conservation Reserve Program Contract

June 7, 2022
CRP participants who are in the final year of their contract will be allowed to request voluntary termination of their CRP contract following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022.

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Prairie grasses

Growers Invited to Prairie STRIPS Virtual Learning Circle

February 2, 2022
Participants will learn more about native prairie and the potential ways it can benefit a farm's viability while restoring landscapes, and connect with other growers and resource providers.

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USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program General and Grasslands Signup

June 24, 2021
The USDA has set a Friday, July 23, 2021, deadline for agricultural producers and landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup 56. The FSA will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from Monday, July 12 to Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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FSA Opens Emergency CRP Grazing, Sign-up for ECP

March 27, 2019
This week FSA approved emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for all Nebraska counties through April, and that 45 counties would be accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).

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Palmer amaranth
Figure 1. This female Palmer amaranth plant can produce up to 0.5 million seeds.

Watch for Palmer Amaranth in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Fields

May 12, 2017
Palmer amaranth has not been confirmed in conservation plantings in Nebraska; however, the identification and occurrence of Palmer amaranth in CRP fields in Iowa has raised concerns among weed scientists and growers about its spread into conservation plantings in Nebraska and offer some suggestions for growers.

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Prescribed burn
Conducting a prescribed burn can improve CRP or pasture, but needs to be done in communication with local permitting offices to ensure safety and that only targeted areas are affected. (Photo by Jim Stubbendieck)

Use Care When Burning Grasslands

March 22, 2017
Prescribed burning CRP or pasture can improve stands, prepare them for interseeding, control weeds and trees, enhance wildlife habitat, and improve forage quality, but it must be done safely. The best time is from mid-April to early May when warm season grasses are just starting to grow.

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Getting the Most Forage Value from Your CRP

April 13, 2016

With prior approval from your county FSA office, some Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres can now be periodically used as pasture or hay.  If that is in your plans, take steps to make it work for you.

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