Nebraska farmers and ranchers will soon be able to take advantage of a new Conservation Reserve Program initiative. Mike Schmidt is the deputy administrator for the U-S Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency and says they are targeting working grass, range and pasture land.
Schmidt says, “Grasslands is a new initiative. It is a working lands program instead of strictly a conservation program. You can continue to get agricultural benefit from the land along with conservation benefit by responsible grazing of the land.”
Schmidt says there are several priority categories with this initiative. He says there is a preference to expiring CRP or expiring grassland reserve program contracts. He says another option is if you want to get some agricultural use out of the land but still don’t want to convert it to row crops.
Sign up for the new Grasslands Initiative starts September 1st at local FSA offices. Schmidt says farmers then make an offer on their grasslands. Ranking periods of land will take place once a year with the first scheduled for November 20th. More details are available at your local FSA office.