A general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program begins Aug. 2 and will continue through Aug. 27. During the sign-up period farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency office. In making the announcement, Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Jim Miller encouraged all interested farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn more how to take advantage of this opportunity.
Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance. Participants voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production by entering into long-term contracts for 10 to 15 years. In exchange, participants receive annual rental payments and a payment of up to 50% of the cost of establishing conservation practices.
Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall covering about 4.5-million acres may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1 of this year.