Center Pivot Irrigation Earns You CRP Dollars
Farmers and landowners in Indiana with center pivot irrigation are eligible to enroll in the CRP / Conservation Reserve Program’s “Habitat for Upland Birds” practice, says the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. As margins tighten for farmers, “Pivot Corners” are a very attractive way to earn annual CRP payments. Ideal for creating pheasant and bobwhite quail habitat, this is a great opportunity for landowners to become more profitable while implementing a “habitat buffer” conservation practice that has great benefit.
Known as CP 33 or Conservation Practice 33, the goal and purpose of a irrigation system pivot corner CRP program is to restore habitat for bobwhite quail, pheasants and other wildlife. These habitat buffers create vital habitat for gamebirds to eat insects, nest and brood (lay eggs in the spring).
Landowners in Indiana counties can take advantage of this new USDA policy and realize profitable benefits to farm land with patches that are beyond the reach of center pivot irrigation systems. Pivot corners do not need to be connected by a linear strip of grassland to be eligible.
“This is a win-win for local farmers,” said Johnny Klemme, Farmland Broker and CRP Habitat Consultant. “With the increase in center pivot irrigation in Tippecanoe, Benton and Warren county Indiana, this is a great way for farmers who are feeling a margin squeeze to increase profits while providing vital habitat to the local bird population.”
Farmers and landowners can enroll irrigation system pivot corners in the CP 33 program any time in 2015. Participants and land must meet certain eligibility requirements. For exact details, contact your local NRCS County office, Farm Service Agency (FSA) or District Conservationist in Indiana
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