Farmers in south central Nebraska will be given the opportunity to help out some Nebraska wildlife and receive a few extra dollars when they attend a Crop Stubble Management meeting.
The meetings will inform producers of a program that pays them to maintain wheat or milo stubble on their property to benefit local wildlife. Producers within the project area may receive $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or milo stubble 14 inches or taller undisturbed until April 1st of the following year. Eligible producers may enroll up to 320 acres per year per crop type for two years.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to finance the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program for three years.
This program will be offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resource districts (NRD) in western and southern Nebraska.
Producers must fill out an application by June 1st to be considered for the program. Applications will be available at these informational meetings, or can be requested from the Nebraska Game and Parks, Natural Resources District, or Natural Resources Conservation Service offices.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 in Holdrege. The meeting will be held at the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, 1723 N. Burlington St. from 5-7 p.m.
The second meeting is to be held in Guide Rock on Thursday, April 18 from 5-7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Guide Rock Community Center, 120 W. Douglas St.
For more information contact John Laux at 308-928-2541 or Justin Haahr at 308-865-5308.