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County officials assess damage to crops, fields after heavy rains

The dirt in the foreground of the photo at right is actually not a part of this Watkins Road cornfield — it is topsoil that has run off the field and filled the drainage ditch next to the road. In addition to severe erosion, the heavy rains have caused costly problems with crops...

Wake County Conservation Reserve Program signups in progress

RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a four-week Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up through June 14. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a...