Area farm and ranch landowners now have the opportunity to enroll their lands into the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP.)

The CRP is an environmentally targeted land protection, water quality improvement and wildlife enhancement program. More than 37 million acres have been authorized for CRP enrollment under the USDA Farm Bill.

General practices considered by the CRP in Benewah and Kootenai counties include grass seedings to introduced or native species, development of pollinator habitat and evergreen tree plantings with a grass understory competent.

Environmental priority CRP targets smaller, more sensitive areas including the establishment of grass waterways to safely transport field runoff; establishment of contour grass strips on highly erodible cropland slopes and the establishment of grass buffers along intermittent or permanent watercourses.

Those interested in reviewing the details of the CRP program can contact the Benewah-Kootenai County Farm Service Agency Office at 208-987-4037.

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