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Recent posts by Kate Hansen

EQIP, CSP renewal application deadlines fast approaching 

Farmers and ranchers interested in expanding conservation on their operations should be aware of two quickly approaching deadlines. New applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and renewals for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are due soon. See below for your state’s deadlines. 

Grazing management benefits Burwell landowner

Max Wilson grew up watching his parents raise crops and livestock on his family’s farm in Burwell, Nebraska, all the while learning the importance of land stewardship.

Today, Max continues to farm and ranch on the same land as his parents, focusing on an assortment of conservation practices that will promote the land’s health for years to come. His 1,000 acres are about 80 percent pasture and 20 percent farm ground, with the two land types divided by deep canyons.

Conservation Innovation Grants Beginning Farmer Case Study: Alex McKiernan and Chloe Diegel

Alex McKiernan and Chloe Diegel own Robinette Farms near Martell, Nebraska. Robinette Farms is comprised of 110 acres, with 10 to 12 acres for vegetable production. They grow 40 varieties of crops, during both the warm and cool seasons, utilizing unheated hoop houses and greenhouses. There is also a variety of grazing livestock, including cattle, hogs, broilers, laying hens, and lambs.

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Conservation Innovation Grants Beginning Veteran Farmer Case Study: Mariel and Anthony Barreras

Mariel and Anthony Barreras own Barreras Family Farm near Blair, Nebraska. Their current operation is primarily comprised of animals: 25 beef, 12 goats, 12 hogs, and 800 pastured chickens on 70 acres. They also host agrotourism and community events.

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