High Plains Public Radio

2013 Farm Bill and NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

Jun 18, 2013

Credit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Parts of the 2013 Farm Bill remained unresolved, but sections concerning conservation programs - like the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative - were funded through FY2013 at the end of 2012.

The NRCS's Initiative Coordinator, Jon Ungerer, discusses the value of the Initiative funding managed-grazing programs that help the grass and therefore the rancher's bottom line, and also help support the habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. PLJV's Barth Crouch discusses cost-share funds in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) ranchers use for projects related to managed grazing. NRCS district conservationist Greg Henderson terms EQIP funds available under the Initiative as a "life saver" for land coming out of CRP being reverted to grazing land rather than being plowed and planted to crops. CRP land often hadn't been fenced; EQIP funds help provide fencing and livestock watering systems. This episode of Playa Country is a the second in a four-part series on the Lesser Prairie Chicken. It originally aired June 11, 2013.