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General CRP signup period open until June 14

May 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Farmers and landowners have until June 14 to participate in the current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up.
The signup period began Monday.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives.
Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through Sept. 30.

Participants agree to take marginal or erosion-prone land out of production and plant grass, trees or other cover.

In return, the USDA provides rental payments per acre idled.

Contracts typically are 10 to 15 years in length.

Currently, 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP through 700,000 contracts on 390,000 farms throughout the U.S.

Contracts on an estimated 3.3 million acres will expire Sept. 30.

For more information, visit you local Farm Services Administration, Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil and Water Conservation District office.
Visit the FSA Website: http://tinyurl.com/consresprog.

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