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CRP initiative makes additional acres available

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- An additional 25,000 acres allocated for the State Acres for Wildlife (SAFE) initiative to conserve wildlife habitat in Nebraska means those with expired or expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) tracts or those who have acres not accepted in the last CRP sign-up period, might qualify for SAFE.

SAFE participants will receive annual rental payments, cost shares for the installation of habitat enhancement practices, and possibly additional signing and practice incentives through the Focus on Pheasants or Open Fields and Waters programs.

SAFE is a CRP initiative designed to enhance as many as 850,000 acres of wildlife habitat nationwide, and enhance habitat for threatened or endangered species.

Of the Nebraska allocated land, 10,000 acres are for tallgrass prairie for greater prairie chicken and 15,000 acres for upland game birds, including pheasant and quail.

Landowners should contact their county Farm Service Agency office for SAFE qualification information. Enrollment will be on a continuous basis until the allocated acres are gone.

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