With a May 29 application cutoff approaching, Iowa conservation partners are encouraging farmers to consider utilizing a federal program that provides financial and technical assistance to establish habitat, benefiting Monarch butterflies and other wildlife.

The Monarch Butterfly Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps landowners establish milkweed and other nectar-rich plants that provide food for Monarchs and other pollinators, such as honeybees, that are vital to agriculture.

For more information about the RCPP-CSP monarch project, visit your local NRCS office or go to www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov.   Please visit https://www.farmers.gov/connect to find your local office.