USDA Expands Partnerships for Conservation Through Its Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is leveraging its authorities under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to bring in new types of partners and ultimately expand opportunities in voluntary conservation for the Nation’s agricultural producers and private landowners. In direct response to feedback from state agencies, Tribes, non-profits and other groups, USDA has updated CREP’s rule regarding matching fund requirements, and invested in additional staff to work directly with partners for streamlined, partner-driven conservation efforts.

Cavalier Resident Starts Land Improvement Business

Grand Forks Herald, Written By: Adam Kurtz | 4:19 pm, May 16, 2021 - Brady Laxdal, a teacher and athletic coach, has begun work with his company Dakota Land Works, LLC, near Cavalier, N.D. Laxdal started the company with his wife Kristen, after having worked with the nonprofit business mentorship group SCORE, in Grand Forks. The company offers a number of improvement services from land clearing, to soil conditioning.

Dakota Land Works, LLC open for business

Cavalier County Republican | May 14, 2021 - It takes nurturing, conditioning, strategizing, and working hard to shape a strong team of athletes. Through the years, Brady Laxdal has coached and nurtured many teams to victory, and he has the endgame in mind: teaching athletes to thrive in life beyond the game.

This spring, Brady pivoted into a new business venture, launching Dakota Land Works, LLC, a land maintenance business located near Cavalier, ND. Featuring an impressive line-up of equipment, including a Caterpillar 299D3XE compact track loader with a drum mulching attachment, skeleton grapple, super duty brush mower, soil conditioner, tree puller, and stump grinder, Dakota Land Works can handle any opponent found in nature.

USDA Expands and Renews Conservation Reserve Program in Effort to Boost Enrollment and Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives, and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Additionally, USDA is announcing investments in partnerships to increase climate-smart agriculture, including $330 million in 85 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects and $25 million for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement today at the White House National Climate Task Force meeting to demonstrate USDA’s commitment to putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address climate change.

USDA Offers New Forest Management Incentive for Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available $12 million for use in making payments to forest landowners with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in exchange for their implementing healthy forest management practices. Existing CRP participants can now sign up for the Forest Management Incentive (FMI), which provides financial incentives to landowners with land in CRP to encourage proper tree thinning and other practices.