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CRP Take-out Workshops Scheduled

PULLMAN, Wash. — Eastern Washington farm operators and land owners with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts can explore their options at workshops scheduled in Ritzville and Kennewick on June 11 and Waterville on June 16.

Speakers will show producers how to analyze their decisions from an economic standpoint, discuss best ways for controlling weeds and managing soil fertility, and talk about tillage and management options.

The program includes a review of three-years of research on CRP take-out in Washington. A free 40-page summary of the results “Returning CRP Land to Crop Production” can be requested by calling the WSU crop and soil sciences department at (509) 335-2915.

“We think these workshops will provide a lot of timely and useful information for people with expiring CRP contracts,” said Jon Newkirk, Washington State University extension economist.

Contracts on more than 600,000 acres in Washington will expire in 1997.

The workshop schedule:

  • 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, at the American Legion Club, 106 W. Broadway Ave., Ritzville.
  • 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, at Cavanaugh’s at Columbia Center, 1101 N. Columbia Blvd., Kennewick.
  • 12:30 p.m., Monday, June 16, at the Waterville High School Gym, 200 E. Birch.

The workshops will be presented by Washington State University and the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension, and the Farm Services Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Call (509) 659-3209 for more information.

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