From Missouri Department of Natural Resources
-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has extended the deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to April 13.
The decision was made to extend CRP sign-up 43 for an additional week because of the strong interest in CRP.
After the CRP general sign-up ends April 13, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index which takes into consideration variables such as wildlife habitat, water quality protection, soil erosion reduction and air quality protection. Accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1.
CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.
Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. Producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.
Currently, about 30 million acres are enrolled in CRP.
The program provides $1.8 billion annually to landowners.
For additional information regarding CRP, landowners can contact their local FSA service center use the website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.