The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds agricultural producers to enroll in the 2020 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) by Feb. 28. This sign-up is available to farmers and private landowners who are enrolling for the first time or reenrolling for another 10- to 15-year term.
Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species such as approved grasses or trees that can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.
The CRP continuous sign-up is ongoing, which enables producers to enroll for certain practices. FSA plans to open the Soil Health and Income Protection Program, a CRP pilot program, in early 2020; and the 2020 CRP grasslands sign-up runs March 16 – May 15, 2020.
To enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.