Increased payment rates driving force behind new CRP signup [UPDATED]Published 4:37am Monday, July 15, 2013 Updated 5:41am Monday, July 15, 2013
On May 9, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) increased its soil rental rates for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In Otter Tail County, soil rental rates increased 26 percent on average.
This change in soil rental rates increases the payment rates for CRP to $69 to $169 per acre, which brings CRP payments more in line with cash rent for those same soils making CRP more competitive with in Otter Tail County.
“We believe this increase in CRP payment rates brings them closer to cash rent, and feel producers will look at their less productive, frequently flooded lands and will consider enrolling” stated Leon Johnson, West Otter Tail FSA County Executive Director. “Our partnership team here at the USDA Service Center is ready and willing to help you understand options on your land with CRP.”
To be eligible for CRP, a landowner must have owned the land for at least 1 year prior to enrolling, and the land must meet the crop history requirements set forth by the Farm Service Agency which is defined as four out of six years between 2002 and 2007.
Under CRP, landowners enter into a 10 to 15 year contract and agree to establish the required cover on the enrolled acres. In return, landowners will receive cost share for establishment and an annual rental payment.
If you are interested in learning more about the Conservation Reserve Program on your property please contact your local USDA Service Center.
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.