Farm Bill biologist to serve Oliver, Mercer counties
Landowners have a new resource for wildlife habitat questions, technical assistance, and possibly even help locating funding sources for habitat development. Justin Edwards is the Pheasants Forever Farm Bill biologist serving Oliver, Mercer and Morton counties through a partnership between Pheasants Forever, the USDA National Resource Conservation Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Edwards will also work cooperatively with the Oliver Soil Conservation District.
“I’ll be working with the Farm Bill programs, particularly CRP and some EQIP,” Edwards said.
The CRP, or Conservation Reserve Program, is a Farm Service Agency land conservation program intended to re-establish land cover in order to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. Farmers enrolled in CRP agree to take environmentally sensitive land out of production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality in exchange for a yearly rental payment.
EQIP, or the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, is a NRCS program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, or improved or created wildlife habitat.