WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas says Jan. 25 is the deadline to submit applications for the grassland reserve program.
Eric Banks, the state conservationist for the program, says Kansas has the most productive native grassland in the world. Banks says the program offers a way for ranchers and farmers to help ensure the natural resource remains healthy for years to come.
Last year, Kansas received $1.4 million to fund the program, which was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.
The voluntary program offers landowners the opportunity to protect grasslands through permanent easements and rental contracts.
Only applications submitted by the deadline will be considered for funding in the 2012 program.