Osage County Ag Wire: New program tech hired; CRP rules require land management

New program technician on the job in Osage County

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Andrea Hoelting

Osage County FSA welcomed a new program technician, Andrea Hoelting, this month. Andrea has joined the Osage County FSA team as a permanent employee.

Originally from Chanute, Kan., Andrea moved to Osage County with her husband Brent and family. Brent is the history teacher at Lyndon High School, as well as the football coach. Andrea and Brent have a daughter, Kamryn, 7, and a son, Kannon, 8 months old. In Andrea’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, as well as her extended family. The Hoelting household is very active in sports, and a look forward to joining the community.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Are you mowing your CRP? Did you know mowing is a violation to your contract? Mowing is not authorized on CRP acres. Any activity on CRP must be pre-approved by the FSA. CRP’s objective is to cost-effectively assist owners and operators in conserving and improving the nation’s natural resource base.

CRP is a natural resource program that protects the nation’s soil, water and wildlife resources. As well as improves and preserves water quality and enhances fish and wildlife habitat. CRP is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.

When a producer enrolls into the program, he agrees to maintain the land cover as designed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service standards and specifications. This includes not allowing trees or noxious weeds to be present on the contract acres. Each contract has a conservation plan to which each program participant is to follow. A management practice is to occur on each contract acre at least one time during the life of the contract.

There are five different management practices which are producer can complete, prescribed burning, light disking, inter seeding, managed haying or managed grazing. Failure to complete a management item can result in a violation. Many practices allow cost share to be obtained for the management practice. Each contract is different depending on the practice as to which management practice is allowed.

Please remember CRP is not a retirement program for land. The program requires landowners to keep weeds, brush and trees under control. Failure to comply can cause violation, which will lead to penalties. Each year numerous CRP contracts are spot checked for noncompliance issues.

For more information about this Osage County Ag Wire, contact the Osage County Farm Service Agency office at  785-828-4631, or 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon,.

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