DES MOINES, IOWA, Feb. 16, 2018—Iowa’s private landowners have a unique opportunity to learn more about ways to implement monarch butterfly and other pollinator habitat on their land through a series of workshops across the state.
These workshops will be delivered by staff from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pheasants Forever, Iowa State University Extension, and others. The following are dates, times, and locations of the workshops:
Thursday, March 1, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Red Oak, ISU Extension Office
Monarch populations have declined markedly over the past 20 years due to the loss of grassland habitat, and the elimination of native milkweeds. To address this issue, NRCS is offering Iowa landowners financial and technical assistance through Farm Bill conservation programs to implement practices that provide breeding and foraging habitat that is critical to monarchs and other pollinators.
Iowa NRCS currently has two conservation programs earmarked specifically for landowners to implement monarch habitat practices: the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The next funding cutoff deadline for CSP is March 2, while the next cutoff date for EQIP is March 16.
If you plan to attend a workshop, please RSVP with your local NRCS office. If you can’t attend a workshop, call or visit your local NRCS office for information about ways to provide habitat for monarchs and other pollinators on your land, or go online to www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov.
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