USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up
Landowners/ Producers Can Now Enroll in Continuous CRP With General Sign-Up to Follow
Kevin Wooten, Wake County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, reminds farmers across the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning Monday, May 20, ending Friday June 14. Wooten also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives. Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through September 30.
“Strong competition to enroll acres into CRP is expected,” said Wooten. “Wake County producers are urged to maximize their environmental benefits and make cost-effective offers,” said Wooten. CRP is an important program for protecting environmentally sensitive lands from erosion and sedimentation, and for ensuring the sustainability of our groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.
North Carolina producers are also encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis. Currently, Wake County has 316 acres enrolled in CRP practices including tree practices, grass practices, and wildlife habitat practices.
Anyone interested in enrolling cropland in CRP should visit their FSA Service Center or go to www.fsa.usda.gov for CRP and other FSA program information.