Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up until Feb. 12. The competitive annual program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.
“This program encourages conservation on sensitive lands or low-yielding acres, which provides tremendous benefits for stewardship of our natural resources and wildlife,” said Sandy Chalmers, FSA state director.
Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. General signup includes increased opportunities for wildlife-habitat enrollment through the State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement initiative.
All USDA Service Centers are open for business. Call ahead to schedule an appointment, and plan to participate in safety protocols. Producers may also conduct business by phone, email and online tools.