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Prairie strips now part of federal conservation program


January 20, 2020
By Amy Mayer, NPR

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Farmers and landowners enrolling acres in the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program have a new practice available to them.

Areas of native grasses and flowers, called prairie strips, have proven helpful in keeping soil in place, preventing nutrients from washing away and increasing the presence of birds and bees. Farmers adopting the practice can get a cost-share for the establishment of that practice and then a rental payment for 10 years on those acres that are taken out of production. | READ MORE