Extension News

Conservation Reserve Program Meetings Offered

3/10/2006

AMES, Iowa  -- The Iowa Learning Farm, Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service, in collaboration with the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, have scheduled two meetings to discuss guidelines for re-enrollment and extension offers being made on existing contracts and production and management options for conversion of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

 

The meetings will be held on Monday, March 20 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Walden Park Club House in Corydon, Iowa.

 

The meetings are intended for all CRP contract holders. In addition to learning the latest potential options and requirements for re-enrollment, participants will be introduced on how to convert CRP land to pasture or hay; row crop production; and CRP improvement without damaging the soil and water quality improved from the previous CRP enrollment. The meetings will include both the advantages and challenges of the options available and a simple economic breakdown.

 

The meeting is free to attend, but we ask for pre-registration on or before March 16 to ensure availability of seats and handouts.  Registration should be called to the Corydon NRCS Service Center (641) 872-1350.

 

Questions regarding the workshops should be directed to: Sherry Trower, district secretary, Wayne Co. Soil and Water Conservation District at (641) 872-1350 or Mark Licht, Extension program specialist, Iowa State University at (515) 294-8039.

 

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Contacts :

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

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

Mark Fehseke, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, (641) 872-1350, mark.fehseke@ia.usda.gov

 

Laura Greiner, State Public Affairs Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service,

(515) 284-4262, laura.greiner@ia.usda.gov