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Initiative creates demonstration farms

LINCOLN—The U.S. Department of Agriculture is establishing a soil health initiative in Nebraska.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will lead a statewide effort to enhance the adoption of soil health management systems through the Soil Health Demonstration Farms Initiative.

This initiative will establish 12 demonstration farms in six regions across the state to showcase soil health practices and related cropping system comparisons.

Nebraska landowners interested in applying for funding to establish a soil health demonstration farm should submit their application to NRCS by June 17.

According to NRCS, the purpose of this initiative is to demonstrate soil health management systems applicable to various regions of Nebraska. The goal is to establish two demonstration farms per region.

Producers approved under this initiative will be compensated for conducting strip trials of various cover crops, crop rotations and management techniques.

Producers will receive $121 per acre, up to a maximum of $15,000 per year, to conduct these strip trials, host field days, etc.

NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) will be used to fund this initiative. Producers who are selected can receive this EQIP funding for 3-5 years.

For more information on the Soil Health Demonstration Farms Initiative, visit NRCS at the USDA Service Center or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.