CRP deadline is June 14
OTTUMWA — The deadline to enroll land under the Farm Service Agency’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is June 14.
Interested participants are encouraged to contact the Wapello County FSA Office to begin or complete the sign up process.
Following sign-up, all offers for CRP will be evaluated and ranked using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI), which determines the environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors (wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits) and a cost factor. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and the EBI data of all offers is analyzed.
For more information on CRP, contact the Wapello County FSA office or go to the website at www.fsa.usda.gov.
Fairfield Hy-Vee a Blue Zones store
FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Hy-Vee store has been recognized as the first certified Blue Zones designated Grocery Store out of the nine demonstrations sites with a population under 10,000.
Dee Sandquist, Fairfield Hy-Vee dietitian, coordinated the application process, which included criteria such as having a registered dietitian on staff, providing grocery store tours, increasing display space for select fruits and vegetables, offering taste tests of fruits and vegetables and labeling locally grown produce.
“Hy-Vee is proud to lead the way by receiving the Blue Zones Grocery Store designation, which directly ties to our motto of making lives easier, healthier and happier,” said Chad Romer, Fairfield Hy-Vee store director.
The Fairfield Hy-Vee store made several modifications in order to meet the Blue Zones criteria, including displaying Blue Zones-designated foods on end-caps, marking designated parking places to encourage patrons to walk farther and labeling healthy beverages as “healthy alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages.”
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