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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Stars are aligning for Hemp in Missouri

Update: Industrial Hemp Farming has been approved in the USA House and Senate. This was part of the current #Farmbill2018 legislation. Current status: waiting on President45 signature!

  • How will this affect Missouri Hemp Farming
  • I asked the Missouri Department of Agriculture that exact same thing! 
  Q: how does the #Hemp regs in #farmbill2018 affect the Missouri State regs in re:

Industrial Hemp can play a role in cleaning up the pollution from Agriculture with Hemp Buffer Zones that stop toxic contaminants from getting into the sources of water everyone depends upon.


Grass Waterways, Non-easement
Shallow Water Area for Wildlife
Filter Strips
Denitrifying Bioreactor on Filter Strips
Saturated Filter Strips
Riparian Buffer
Denitrifying Bioreactor on Riparian Buffers
Saturated Riparian Buffer
Wetland Restoration on Floodplain
Wetland Restoration, Non-floodplain
Farmable Wetlands Pilot Wetland
Farmable Wetland Pilot Buffer

Duck Nesting Habitat
FWP Constructed Wetland
FWP Aquaculture Wetland restoration
FWP Flooded Prairie Wetland

 USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment
One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts through Continuous Signup
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2018 – As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.
“The Conservation Reserve Program is an important component of the suite of voluntary conservation programs USDA makes available to agricultural producers, benefiting both the land and wildlife. On the road, I often hear firsthand how popular CRP is for our recreational sector; hunters, fishermen, conservationists and bird watchers,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “CRP also is a powerful tool to encourage agricultural producers to set aside unproductive, marginal lands that should not be farmed to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”
FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the CRP continuous signup (excluding applications for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and CRP grasslands). This pause allowed USDA to review available acres and avoid exceeding the 24 million-acre CRP cap set by the 2014 Farm Bill. New limited practice availability and short sign up period helps ensure that landowners with the most sensitive acreage will enroll in the program and avoid unintended competition with new and beginning farmers seeking leases. CRPenrollment currently is about 22.7 million acres.

2018 Signup for CRP

For this year’s signup, limited priority practices are available for continuous enrollment. They include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. To view a full list of practices, please visit the CRPContinuous Enrollment Period page.
FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make annual rental payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup.
USDA will not open a general signup this year, however, a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter with more information.

CRP Grasslands

Additionally, FSA established new ranking criteria for CRP Grasslands. To guarantee all CRP grasslands offers are treated equally, applicants who previously applied will be asked to reapply using the new ranking criteria. Producers with pending applications will receive a letter providing the options.

Here a few examples of Riparian Buffer Zones 

Buffer Zones in the StLouis Region

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