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Conservation Reserve Program Workshops Offered


AMES, Iowa -- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract holders whose contracts expire in 2006 or 2007 are invited to learn more about management and production options following CRP enrollment at workshops being offered in southern Iowa in late February.


The Iowa Learning Farm and NRCS, in collaboration with the Taylor and Ringgold County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, have scheduled four workshops to discuss production and management options following CRP enrollment.


“These workshops will help CRP contract holders preserve soil quality benefits that have been accomplished through enrollment in CRP for the past 10 to 20 years by selecting conservation systems that are suitable for such fields,” said Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension soil management specialist.


In addition to learning the latest potential options and requirements for re-enrollment, participants will be introduced to ways to convert CRP land to pasture or hay, row crop production and CRP improvement to maintain the soil and water quality improvements from the previous CRP enrollment. The workshop will cover both the advantages and challenges of the options available and a simple economic breakdown.


The workshops will be offered twice at each location. Plan to attend the 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. sessions at the American Legion Hall on Feb. 21 in Bedford, or the 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. sessions at the Rural Electric Cooperative meeting room in Mount Ayr on Feb. 23.


The workshop is free. If you plan to attend, please pre-register by Feb. 17 to ensure there are enough seats and handouts. Register by calling the Bedford NRCS Service Center (712) 523-3631 or the Mount Ayr NRCS Service Center (641) 464-2201.


The Iowa Learning Farm is a partnership between IDALS, Division of Soil Conservation; ISU Extension; Iowa NRCS; Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and Iowa Farm Bureau.


Contacts :

Mark Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-8039, lichtma@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu

Doug Davenport, Taylor County NRCS district conservationist, (712) 523-3631

Wayde Ross, Ringgold County NRCS district conservationist, (641) 464-2201