FCCD’s Direct Seed Program is about to expand, with a third round of sign-ups expected to be ready within the next couple of months. As with the two previous rounds, program participation is limited. Cost-share will be $28.00 per acre for up to a maximum total of 750 acres, over three crop rotations. Cost/benefit analysis and basic soil monitoring options will again be available to operators. The monitoring data collected by FCCD will enable us to compare soil characteristics such as organic matter, moisture, bulk density, compaction and acidity between the new direct seed system and the previous conventional tillage practices. For further information or to sign-up, please contact Amanda Ward, Natural Resource Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 449-2158.