Presentation on farm and yard conservation set

Deron Ruesch, district conservationist for Clay County USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Vermillion, will be the featured speaker at the Living River Group of the Sierra Club meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum.

Ruesch will talk about conservation management ideas you can apply on your farm or in your backyard to protect and preserve the soil, water and related natural resources on your property. For example, if you�d like to convert cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filter strips, or riparian buffers, consider signing up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). When farmers enroll in this program, they receive annual rental payments and the cost share for the term of the multi-year contract.

 If you�re into wildlife, discover the benefits of Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). Or perhaps you�d like to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agriculture when you sign up for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). He�ll cover some of the perks, as well as the two enrollment options of this easement program, and tell about his personal experience in backyard conservation on his own acreage seeding buffalo grass and native forbs.

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