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Dates for CRP General Signup Announced
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Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011. During the signup period, operators and landowners may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.


Source: United States Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency

Dates for CRP General Signup Announced

Christine White, Executive Director of USDAs Farm Service Agency in Michigan today announced the next general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011. During the signup period, operators and landowners may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Over the past 25 years, CRPs benefits have grown thanks to many unexpected, but welcomed improvements to our natural resources cleaner water, improved air quality, better habitat for wildlife, viewing opportunities of that wildlife and of course, a huge reduction in soil erosion," said White. CRP helps agricultural producers convert environmentally sensitive agricultural land to achieve conservation benefits.

Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2011.

To be eligible for CRP, the producer must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to the close of the CRP signup, April 15, 2011. Land must be cropland which has been planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity four of the six crop years from 2002- 2007, and which is physically and legally capable of being planted in a normal manner to an agricultural commodity. Alfalfa and other multiyear grasses and legumes grown in a rotation not to exceed 12 years may be eligible for this year.

Benefits to CRP include:

  • improved and increased wildlife habitat
  • improved water quality
  • increased soil quality
  • reduce soil erosion
  • increase air quality

In return for planting long-term resource conserving covers, FSA provides CRP participants annual rental payments, maintenance payments, cost-share and technical assistance. Don't miss this opportunity! Contact your local USDA Service Center for more information or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

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