May 22, 2013 in The Dickinson Press
Without looking over my shoulder through the columns I’ve written in May over the past decade, I’m pretty sure the top three topics have been fishing, fishing, and probably fishing.
February 13, 2013 in The Dickinson Press
GRAND FORKS North Dakota legislation to create an Outdoor Heritage Fund is encouraging, but the allocation isn’t enough to meet the needs that exist in the wake of the state’s energy boom, increased ag development and the loss of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
April 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Besides the Conservation Reserve Program, the farm bill that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday includes a conservation easement program with a strong wetland component, a regional partnership program aimed at improving water quality and a Sodsaver provision. Continue Reading
April 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The Conservation Reserve Program has proved its worth time and time again. North Dakota has derived tremendous benefits from it enough so that the program should be kept strong, even if some of the federal funding falls through. Continue Reading
March 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The initiative will allow landowners to enroll only the most sensitive areas within a piece of land into the Conservation Reserve Program. For example, a landowner with a 100-acre field could enroll acres deemed to have the best habitat while continuing to farm the rest. Continue Reading
January 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
They’re not paving the hunter’s paradise of prairie land in South Dakota, but they are tilling it upIn the nearly half-century he’s lived in South Dakota, John Cooper has seen countless beautiful prairie sunsets. But none perhaps prettier than one on a recent late afternoon that arched wild hues of orange, red, yellow and crimson across a darkening sky.
December 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald
Loss of CRP, increased crop production and looming winter herald tougher times for North Dakota wildlife and poorer prospects for hunters
After three severe winters that hammered both deer and pheasants, North Dakota is down to about 2.5 million acres of land in the Conservation Reserve Program, with contracts on another 800,000 acres set to expire next September.
October 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this week that it is distributing checks to producers holding 752,000 contracts on 417,000 farms for land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. The average contract is $55.06 per acre, and the average payment is $4,115 for each farm enrolled in the program. Continue Reading
April 6, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON The Nobles County Farm Service Agency will have an informational meeting for the Conservation Reserve Program at 9 a.m. Friday in the conference room at the FSA office, 1567 N. McMillan St., Worthington. Continue Reading