Farmers and ranchers interesting in enrolling eligible land in the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up should make plans to visit their Farm Service Agency office. The deadline is the close of business on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. Applications can be completed by land owners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained.
In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2010, may elect to re-enroll under a new 10-15 year contract. Cropland that is highly erodible, or within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance. Contracts awarded under this 39th sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2010.