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Deadlines loom for Conservation applications

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Register for Grassland Reserve Program by March 15 or June 1

By The Staff

Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program. The application ranking cutoff dates for 2010 are March 15 and June 1.   

The focus of GRP in Kentucky will emphasize preservation of native and naturalized grasslands and protection of grazing operations with excellent land management practices.

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 for GRP authorizes easement compensation based on the fair market value of the land. GRP rental contracts provide selected landowners and operators to receive annual payments to maintain or restore grassland functions and values for the length of the contract. 

All participants in GRP are required to implement a grazing management plan, which will be developed in conjunction with NRCS.

Eligible land for GRP includes grasslands for which gazing or haying is the predominant use, or land that has been historically dominated by grassland, forbs or shrub land.

Restoration for land enrolled in GRP has a maximum cost share rate of 50 percent.

Additional program information is provided on the NRCS Kentucky Web page  www.ky.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or contact Billy Finkbeiner, district conservationist, Hardin and LaRue counties at 270-765-2273 or 270-358-3132.