A general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program begins today and runs through Aug. 27.
Kansas Farmers have been awaiting the sign-up to make decisions about whether to prepare their land for production or continued enrollment in CRP during the next crop year.
A substantial number of acres of CRP are set to expire Sept. 30 and farmers were allowed to begin destroying grass cover on expiring acres on July 1.
Farmers will be able to re-enroll existing acres of to enroll new acres during the sign-up period. The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes USDA to maintain enrollment of up to 32 million acres.
The USDA's Conservation Reserve Program conserves soil and enhances water quality and wildlife habitat by making annual rental payments to agricultural producers who enter ten to fifteen year contracts to plant and maintain vegetative cover on highly erodible farmland. Currently, 31.24 million acres are enrolled in CRP nationwide, of which 2.78 million are in Kansas. On September 30, 2010, 4.5 million acres are set to expire, of which more than 614,000 acres are in Kansas.
For more information about CRP and other FSA programs, please visit your county FSA office or fsa.usda.gov.