Farm and Food News

Get Rewarded for Conservation Through CSP

Farmers and ranchers that want to get in on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year have less than a month to apply at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. The CSP rewards farmers, ranchers, and forestry producers for maintaining existing conservation practices and for adopting additional practices on cropland, grassland, improved pasture, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland and tribal lands. A supplemental payment will also be made for those willing to adopt resource conserving crop rotations. This program pays producers for clean water, better soil management, improved habitat, energy efficiency, and other natural resource benefits.

Garden Time!

For many gardeners in the Midwest, mid-May is the time to put plants in the ground. Not everyone has access to a plot of soil to grow their veggies or flowers. A community gardening project at the Center for Rural Affairs is helping more people grow gardens and making new connections within Sioux City.

Here is Wyatt Fraas explaining the project on KTIV:

Trust in Tomorrow

Planting something in the ground is all about trust.

You have to trust that the seed is good or that the seedling is strong. Trust that you plant with the right technique. Trust in the soil to deliver nutrients, trust that the sun shines and the rain falls at the right time and in the right amounts. While healthy plants can handle a mistake or two, careful not to make too many or your hard work withers and dies - along with your hopes and expectations.

Alternative Solutions

The lack of young farmers and ranchers is threatening the future of agriculture in Nebraska. Plenty of young people want to get into farming and ranching, but few can afford the high startup costs of land, machinery, and operating capital.

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