CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP)
To address a large number of farming and ranching-related conservation issues, the USDA Farm Service Agency oversees voluntary programs that offer a yearly rental payment in exchange for landowners removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and planting species that will enhance the environment, support wildlife and improve water quality.
WILDFLOWERS GROWN HERE
Gray-headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)
Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)
Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)
Prairie, shrub lands, woodlands, grasslands, riparian habitat, wetlands, and non-invasive weed areas that support permanent vegetation–which include wildflowers and native plants–that attract a range of wildlife that includes pollinators.
ALARMED BY THE POTENTIAL DISAPPEARANCE OF BEES AND THE LOSS OF THEIR PROTECTED HABITAT, JERRY AND HELEN DECIDED TO TRANSFORM SOME OF THEIR LAND INTO A SANCTUARY ... FOR BEES.
After the first native plants flowered on the northwest corner of land previously used for crop production, the wind carried their seeds down the hill and across their fields, creating a blanket of flowers. By keeping these lands continually covered, Jerry and Helen have reduced soil erosion. And by restoring their land with native grasses, they provide valuable ecosystem services which include eliminating pesticides, the creation of buffers that protect nearby water sources and habitat for wildlife.