Signup for Conservation Reserve Program begins
The upcoming Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup offers producers and landowners an alternative to farming environmentally sensitive land. Starting May 20, Farm Service Agency offices across the state began a four-week general CRP signup, continuing through June 14.
CRP contracts provide annual rental payments to landowners who in turn agree to use conservation practices that will reduce soil erosion, improve water and air quality, or provide winter cover and food for wildlife.
Updated rental rates may make CRP a more attractive alternative where costs are high and yields are low.
Staff at the USDA Service Centers, which includes FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Pheasants Forever, can provide information on how to most effectively use CRP. By targeting specific soil types and subdividing fields, producers may be better able to control soil erosion while gaining some flexibility in tillage practices. These staff can help landowners find a CRP practice and planting mix that will increase the chances of their offer being accepted into CRP while achieving their goals for wildlife habitat and erosion control.
Offers accepted into the CRP through the bidding process, will become effective Oct. 1, 2013. In Iowa, 183,399 acres of CRP will expire this fall.
For more information on signing up for the general Conservation Reserve Program, please contact the Washington FSA office at 319-653-2138.