The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12. USDA will continue to accept offers and evaluate ways to increase enrollment. The program provides annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation purposes, as well as other types of payments.
Before the General CRP signup period ends, producers will have the opportunity to adjust or resubmit their offers to take advantage of planned improvements to the program.
“The Conservation Reserve Program provides a tremendous opportunity to address climate change both by retiring marginal cropland and restoring grasslands, wetlands, and forests,” said Robert Bonnie, Deputy Chief of Staff. “CRP has a 35-year track record of success beyond just climate benefits, by providing income to producers, improving water quality, reducing erosion, and supporting wildlife habitat and the hunting and fishing opportunities that go along with it.
“By extending this signup period, we’ll have time to evaluate and implement changes to get this neglected program back on track.”
The signup for CRP gives producers an opportunity to enroll land for the first time or re-enroll land under existing contracts that will be expiring Sept. 30. Contact local USDA Service Centers for information. All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including those that restrict in-person visits or require appointments.