DEMO FARMS: The 2017 sign-up for the soil health initiative will establish demonstration farms across Nebraska to showcase soil health practices and related cropping system comparisons.

USDA initiatives funds statewide demonstration farms

Farmers encouraged to apply for funding by March 17 to establish demonstration farms to test soil health practices.

USDA has established a soil health initiative in Nebraska. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is leading a statewide effort to enhance the adoption of soil health management systems through the Soil Health Demonstration Farms Initiative.

The 2017 initiative sign-up will continue to establish demonstration farms across the state to showcase soil health practices and related cropping system comparisons. Landowners interested in applying for funding to establish a soil health demonstration farm should submit their application to NRCS by March 17.

Demonstrating soil health
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 demonstration farms in each identified region (see map).

This map shows each district where a demonstration farm is to be established.

Producers approved under this initiative will be conducting strip trials of various cover crops, crop rotations or management techniques. Producers will receive funding assistance to demonstrate soil health management by planting cover crops and conducting these comparisons.

NRCS' Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be used to fund this initiative. Producers selected will receive this EQIP funding for five years.

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

Source: Nebraska NRCS

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