Edward Hamill, Executive Director of USDA's Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on March 12, 2012, and will continue through April 6, 2012. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county FSA office.
"CRP is probably one of FSA's most recognizable programs," Hamill said. "The various CRP practices help improve water and air quality, increase wildlife habitat and prevent soil erosion, which benefits us all."
Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP can be offered during signup if all eligibility requirements are met. CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall can make new contract offers during the signup period. Contracts awarded during this general signup will become effective October 1, 2012.
Hamill said all CRP offers are evaluated and ranked using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that indicates the environmental benefits of enrolling the land in CRP. There are environmental factors that make up the EBI: wildlife, water, soil, air, enduring benefits and cost. Decisions will be made following the end of the signup period and after analyzing the EBI data on all of the offers.
In addition to the general signup, the continuous CRP signup program remains ongoing.
For more information on CRP, please contact your local county FSA Office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.
Source: Missouri Farm Service Agency