USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Des Moines announced March 15 as the next cutoff date to submit applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), which helps Iowa landowners restore agricultural land to natural wetlands.
WRP is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to eligible private landowners and Tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agriculture. WRP is a continuous signup program, although NRCS periodically makes funding selections as program funding allows.
NRCS is now accepting grant pre-proposals to help stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies through USDA's Conservation Innovation Grants program. Proposals are due March 22, 2013.
Location: Moville Community Center, 815 Main St., Moville, IA
Event runs from 9:30 until 2:30 with a free noon meal. Agenda includes keynote speakder Barry Kussel of Manning who will discuss his experience with long-term no till. Other speakers include Sarah Carlson from PFI, several farmer panels and more.
Fees: Free. Noon lunch courtesy of Iowa Learning Farms.