USDA reminder: Deadline for CRP sign-up is Friday
August 23, 2010
The USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up is Friday.
Applications may be completed by land owners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained. In Weld, that includes the Greeley office at 4302 9th St. Road, telephone (970) 356-8097. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.
In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire Sept. 30 may elect to re-enroll under a new 10-15 year contract. Cropland that is highly erodible, or within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
Contracts awarded under this sign-up, the 39th, are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1.
CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance.