A new soil health conservation pilot program is being offered in the prairie pothole region of the United States. This pilot program is the Soil Heath and Income Protection Program (SHIPP). Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says producers and landowners can enroll their least productive land in the program. “We look at the productivity of soils on a farm or in a field, choose the least productive and the producer would enroll that in shorter time frames, plant a cover crop and livestock can graze it. Farmers would get a reduced payment, different from the rental rates in a normal Conservation Reserve Program situation, but it also allows producers to take some production off of those acres.”
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