SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By USDA Communications – May 4, 2020 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCorn, Soybean Plantings Ahead of the Five-Year AverageNext articleFrom the Farm to the Virtual Classroom USDA Communications USDA’s New CRP Pilot Program Offers Longer-Term Conservation Benefits Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA’s New CRP Pilot Program Offers Longer-Term Conservation Benefits The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will open signup this summer for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. This pilot is available to farmers and landowners with expiring water-quality practice CRP contracts in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay regions. The program signup period is July 6 to Aug. 21, 2020.“This pilot allows us to work with farmers and landowners to maintain conservation practices for 30 years, underscoring farmers’ commitments to sound long term conservation stewardship on agricultural land,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “Through CLEAR30, we can decrease erosion, improve water quality and increase wildlife habitat on a much longer-term basis. We want to share this opportunity early, before the sign up period, so farmers and landowners have more time to consider if CLEAR30 or another program is right for their operation.”The pilot is available in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Eligible producers must have expiring Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR) initiative contracts, including continuous CRP Cropland contracts with water-quality practices or marginal pasturelands CRP contracts devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers or wetland buffers.The longer contracts will help ensure that practices remain in place for 30 years, which will help reduce sediment and nutrient runoff and help prevent algal blooms. Traditional CRP contracts run from 10 to 15 years.Annual rental payment for landowners who enroll in CLEAR30 will be equal to the current Continuous CRP annual payment rate plus an inflationary adjustment of 27.5 percent, since CLEAR30 contracts will be for 30 years – much longer than the 10 to 15-year contracts for Continuous CRP offers.Another unique program feature is that FSA will help producers maintain CLEAR30 contract acreage.USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible. Anyone wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency is required to call to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression News News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression to go further “The many fanciful charges and the disproportionate sentences imposed on Hassan Mohammed Qambar show that the Bahraini justice system tolerates no media coverage that contradicts the official version of events,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “We call for his immediate release and the quashing of these wrongful convictions because he just did his job as a photojournalist.” Held since 12 June, Qambar began working as a photojournalist for such international media outlets as Russia Today Arabicand Ruptlyin 2011, when he covered that year’s uprising and pro-democracy protests. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Hassan Mohammed Qambar, a Bahraini freelance photographer who completed his sixth month in detention and condemns the disproportionate nature of the sentences totalling more than 100 years in prison that he has received on a range of absurd charges. March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more News December 13, 2018 Bahraini photographer sentenced to more than 100 years in prison News October 14, 2020 Find out more According to RSF’s barometer, 15 journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained in connection with the provision of news and information in Bahrain, which is ranked 166th out of 180 countriesin RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The NSA ended up raiding his home more than 60 times during the ensuing six yearsuntil he was finally arrested six months ago. Receive email alerts RSF_en Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Follow the news on Bahrain Help by sharing this information Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives He has been convicted on such charges as “burning tyres,” “causing damage to an electricity tower,” “rioting and causing chaos” and “association with a terror organization,” but RSF has learned that the interrogations to which he was submitted were all about his work as a photojournalist. Qambar was previously jailed from April 2011 to February 2012 on charges of vandalism and spreading false news. He resumed working as a photojournalist after his release with the result that Bahrain’s National Security Agency began searching for him four months later and raided his home for the first time.