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USDA Looks to Increase Enrollment of CRP Acres

On January 26th, USDA announced that general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) would run from January 31st through March 31st. The program has an acreage cap of 25.5 million, and the current enrollment totals 22.1 million acres. In addition to the enrollment of new acres, expiring CRP acreage may be eligible for re-enrollment. Individuals seeking to enroll acres in the program should contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are from 10 to15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

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