STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Farming, pheasants and working together
If you hunt pheasants, Hettinger County (N.D.) is a cross between Nirvana and Valhalla.
"Hettinger County has long been recognized for its excellent hunting. We live in the center of what is arguably... Posted on 5/8/13 at 10:29 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — From a tractor seat this spring, Gordon Heber knows what he’ll witness as winter releases its grip on the 1,200 acres of farmland and prairie he owns in Douglas County: a burst of wildlife that includes pheasants, fawns and ducks.
Only three states have more land than North Dakota enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program, set up two decades ago to pay farmers competitive rentals to put, generally, erodible land into grass for environmental reasons as well as to lower crop production, thus putting upward pressure on crop prices.
More than 3.4 million acres nationwide were taken out of the program in September when the owners' contracts expired. Most of them were in Texas, Colorado and Kansas, but hundreds of thousands of acres also came out in Montana and the Dakotas.
Ag producers in southwestern North Dakota have two weeks left to signup for the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Conservation Security Program.
The initial signup began on April 16 and has been slow. But because of recent rainfall in the region, producers had a little time apply for the program late this week.
Item: The new U.S. Farm Bill — assuming Congress ever passes it — will likely shortchange land stewardship programs (and other titles) to the tune of billions of dollars because Congress cannot figure out a funding formula that appeals to the disparate whims of enough lawmakers.
Still — and get this — most officials believe any new Farm Bill will have a new disaster relief title.
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