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Farmers Can Earn Extra Money for Extra Conservation Measures

April 10, 2008

Lyons, NE – Farmers and ranchers who have made it a point to practice conservation measures can receive payments for their efforts by enrolling in the federal "Conservation Security Program" (CSP). Traci Bruckner, with the Center for Rural Affairs, says the program focuses on practices that provide clean water, better soil management and improved wildlife habitat.

"Those farmers that have always made conservation a priority in their farming operations, and have a history of practicing conservation, are the ones who should consider looking into this program."

Bruckner says this year's sign-up period takes place during spring planting season, which may make it more difficult for farmers to enroll. However, she's convince it is worth the time, because it can add money to the bottom line.

"The program encourages participation in special conservation activities, like creating wildlife habitat, perhaps doing some highly diversified crop rotation, for example; or controlled rotational grazing on pasture would help someone qualify."

Although Congress is still debating the new U.S. Farm Bill, which includes CSP funding, Bruckner encourages farmers within the watersheds covered by the program to enroll during the sign-up period, April 18 to May 16. Details about the program and eligible watersheds can be found online at

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ND