The deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program is this Friday. This program provides incentives for farmers to remove environmentally sensitive agriculture land from production and replace the crop with a more environmentally friendly option such as certain grasses, shrubs or trees that will help to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and increase wildlife habitat. Demand to enroll in the program has been higher than usual this year so farmers that wish to apply need to keep in mind that the process will be very competitive. The most qualified applications will include multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat. For more information on Farm Service Agency conservation programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation.