USDA Seeks Public Input on Conservation Reserve Program

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FARGO, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) U.S. Department of Agriculture North Dakota Farm Service Agency Executive Director Aaron Krauter says that a public meeting will be held on August 6 at the Courtyard By Marriott in Moorhead, Minnesota to solicit comments on a recently completed draft analysis that examines the potential environmental impacts of changes to the Conservation Reserve Program enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill.

CRP encourages farmers and ranchers to establish long-term vegetative species, such as grasses or trees, on environmentally sensitive farmland to help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat.  The draft environmental analysis was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 which requires federal government agencies to review the environmental effects of proposed federal actions.

FSA has scheduled a public meeting to provide information on the draft analysis and to provide opportunities for public comment.  Stakeholders interested in farmland conservation are invited to attend, and FSA representatives will be available to answer questions.  The closest meeting in this region will be held in Moorhead, Minnesota.

August 6, 2014.   

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m   

Courtyard By Marriott and Moorhead Area

Conference Center

1080 28th Avenue, South

Moorhead, Minnesota, 56560.

The draft environmental analysis can be reviewed online at: http://crpspeis.com . For questions, producers should contact their county FSA office or seek information online at http://crpspeis.com/Resources/Documents/CRP_SPEIS_Draft_NOA.pdf and www.fsa.usda.gov.  

For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.


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