Farm Service Agency Minnesota Executive Director Linda Hennen says landowners, farmers and ranchers in Minnesota have until Friday, April 6, to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up.
Producers may enroll at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained.
"I strongly encourage all interested producers to contact the county office before the April 6 end of CRP signup deadline," said Hennen "Any offer that is not submitted by this April 6 deadline will not be considered for acceptance during the 43rd signup for CRP."
CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to protect their environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolling eligible land in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance. Rental rates vary across the state, ranging from $11 to more than $200 per acre depending on the soil types and the county.
"So far, the 43rd signup for CRP has been very successful and we anticipate landowner interest in the program to continue throughout the signup period," said Hennen. "I can't stress enough the need to act now rather than wait until the deadline date so that our staff can provide the much-deserved individual attention to all producers interested in the CRP program."
Minnesota currently has 1.5 million acres enrolled in CRP.
On Sept. 30, 2012, 290,000 CRP contract acres expire in the state.
Producers may choose to re-enroll their land or sign up for new acres that qualify for the program. Contracts range from 10-15 years. The competitive selection is based on factors such as land that erodes easily or where habitat for rare or game wildlife can be assured.
Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA service center or visit FSA's website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp for additional information regarding CRP.
Source: Minnesota FSA