Sign-Up for CRP Initiative Underway

Sign-up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program began Monday. The initiative was announced by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in February to protect up to 750-thousand acres of the nation’s most highly erodible croplands. Enrollment will continue until that 750-thousand acre limit is met. Vilsack says CRP is an important program with more than 25 years of success in protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation.

CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other ag producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. There are currently 29.6-million acres enrolled in the program. Through the Highly Erodible Land Initiative – eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible cropland for a period of 10 years. Croplands are eligible for enrollment if they have an Erodibility Index of 20 or greater. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.