USDA announces CRP general signup [UPDATED]Published 4:24am Monday, May 6, 2013 Updated 6:25am Monday, May 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The new General CRP signup will run from May 20 through June 14. CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.
CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant a long-term, resource-conserving cover to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality, and develop wildlife habitat. In return, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides participants with rental payments (in Otter Tail County, $55-$113/acre) and cost-share assistance (up to 50 percent) to establish the cover. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. For a one-on-one consultation to understand what CRP options are available to you, contact Aaron Larsen, Farm Bill Biologist at 218-739-1308.