The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Can Be A Great Boost For Pollinators
One of the great problems that this generation and tomorrow’s young ones have to face is the deterioration of natural habitat and the loss of the benefits it can provide. Why is that? Creation, innovation, and change often can have benefits, but can also have unintentional consequences. While some changes are ok, others are not. The thing is, as people become more adept in using technology and collaborative science, they tend to focus on one sole reason for making improvements – money. When the bottom line is the sole reason for an “improvement”, nature and many other beneficial things quickly fall away. We no longer are solving problems, really, we are only making money and creating other problems.
How does innovation negatively affect nature?
One of the best examples of innovation with unintended consequences is the use of pesticides. We have learned to lean too heavily on pesticide use in order to mass produce agriculture, with little regard to nature. Using pesticides to “protect” plants from insects disrupts the natural processes by breaking the laws of nature. When we work against nature, we may see small wins in the short term, but often we see big loses in the long run.
Farmers are not the ones to blame, they want to do the right thing. We all share in the destruction of the planet because we all play a part in the problem by demanding these cheap earth destroying products with our purchases, I included. We all want to do the right thing, we just need the tools and motivation to help us move in the correct direction.
The key to a better agricultural environment is a balance between nature and agricultural production. One of the tools to help farmers bring the balance is the Conservation Reserve Program (CPR). Farmers of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa recently have proactively wanted to regenerate and transform agricultural sites into a pollinator paradise with the Conservation Reserve Program (CPR).
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to share costs with farmers to help improving nature. The program encourages landowners to set aside a portion of their lands and plant them with wildflowers. The USDA aids in creating a sanctuary for natural pollinators using native seed and best management practices. This specific initiative to help pollinators is called the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP-42 Pollinator Habitat).
What is CP-42 Pollinator Habitat’s Impact on the environment?
First of all, this Conservation Reserve Program will empower farmers with the correct tools to make the correct decisions and actions. The goal of the CP-42 Pollinator Habitat is to restore the health of pollinators. When pollination productivity is high, natural benefits return and agriculture can actually produce better when it is working with nature.
This program has been tested and proven by the USDA. It has undergone feasibility studies and mindful research before it was proposed and implemented. Being a pollinator-friendly farmer gives you the privilege and the reward of being a part of a group that aims to save the flora and fauna of this world making it a better place for the next generations.
How We Can Help
If you are interested in Conservation Reserve Program or CP-42 Pollinator, we can help guide you through this process, the process of species list design, site preparation, installation, establishment, and maintenance to meet the programs needs and your intended goals. Plus, we can supply you with high-quality CRP seed to make real on the ground beneficial impacts.
Chief Ecological Officer
Natural Communities, LLC.