CRP tour planned for June 7

The public is invited to attend a 20th anniversary of Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program June by participating in the CRP Field Tour June 7 in Dickinson County.

Those wanting to attend should meet at the Mary Dell Camp Area of Brown Memorial Park about 11⁄2 miles south of Abilene.

Bus transportation for the tour will be available for only 96 persons; others can follow the buses in their vehicles. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m.; buses will leave at 9 a.m.

After the tour, participants will return to Brown Memorial Park for a catered lunch.

During the tour, participants can learn more about filter strips, rare and declining habitat, contour grass strip terraces, and upland bird habitat buffers.

Conservation experts and landowners will share their experiences and explain the environmental benefits of these practices. In addition, dignitaries will be at the event’s kickoff to talk about their involvement in the 20 years of CRP.

CRP participants can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.

Through CRP, farmers and ranchers plant grasses and trees in crop fields and along streams to keep soil in place

Call 785-539-3531 or e-mail to preregister for the CRP Field Tour. Although not required, pre-registration will allow for meal and bus arrangements.

The rain date will be June 8.

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