New CRP Sign-Up Begins Dec. 1
USDA will enroll 800,000 additional acres of highly environmentally sensitive land to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands, beginning Dec. 1, 2015 through Feb. 26, 2016. The voluntary program allows the USDA to contract with farmers and ranchers interested in removing sensitive land from agricultural production to instead plant grasses or trees to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and restore wildlife habitat. Enrollees receive rental payments and cost-share assistance.
Eligible existing program participants with contracts expiring in September will be granted an option for one-year extensions.
Check out the USDA website for more information on CRP, or contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office.