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      Producers Could Get Cash for Leaving Wheat or Milo Stubble for Local Wildlife

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      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. Producerswithin the project area may receive $10 per acre to leave wheat and/or milostubble 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 twoyears.

      The Nebraska Environmental Trusthas awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to finance the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife andWater Conservation Program for three years.

      This program will be offered in theUpper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, UpperRepublican, Middle Republican, Tri-Basin and Lower Republican natural resourcedistricts (NRD) in western and southern Nebraska.

      Producers must fill out an application by June 1st to beconsidered for the program. Applications will be available at theseinformational 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 JustinHaahr at 308-865-5308.

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