Farmers Paid Not To Farm
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri farmers gathered Monday night to hear the details of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The program is designed to help farmers and the environment. Farmers set aside their land, agree not to farm it, and receive payments from the Federal Government.
The meeting was hosted by MU's Bradford Research Center. The superintendent for the center says the CRP is beneficial to farmers and conservationists.
"In the past, conservation, wildlife and agriculture weren't really on the same page," he said. "And here at the MU research center we're working to get them on the same page."
Biologist Elsa Gallagher urges farmers to take part in the program.
"The rates for how much farmers are getting paid are up across the state," she said. "Now is a really good time to involved in the program."
Tuesday's informational meeting drew about two dozen farmers from all over Mid-Missouri. Similar meetings will be held in Cass County, St. Louis, Cameron, and Kirksville, later this week.