Today begins the four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), ending on June 14.
Under the CRP, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) collects and ranks offers from farmers to enroll highly erodible and environmentally sensitive land in the program. The land is taken out of production and long-term, resource conserving cover vegetation is established to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality, and enhance wildlife habitat. Producers who are accepted into the program during the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years).
Producers can also enroll conservation buffers and other portions of their fields in the continuous sign-up CRP (CCRP) to reduce run-off and provide habitat. Producers can enroll through CCRP at any time.