Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson has announced that the sign-up deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been extended to April 13, 2012. Due to strong interest in CRP, the decision was made to extend CRP sign-up 43 for an additional week. Whether new enrollees or re-enrolling existing CRP contracts, producers are encouraged to consider CRP.
After the CRP general sign-up ends on April 13, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI). The EBI takes into consideration variables such as wildlife habitat, water quality protection, soil erosion, air quality protection and other enduring benefits. Accepted offers will become effective October 1, 2012.
CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP install long-term, resource-conserving practices. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.
For additional information, please contact the Montgomery/Cheatham FSA office at 931-368-0252 extension 2.