ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BILL HARMON
Kansas producers are being sent more than $111 million in annual Conservation Reserve Program rental payments on 41,771 contracts for fiscal year 2004.
In Marion County, about $625,000 is being issued to 722 CRP producers.
These figures do not include payments for acreage enrolled under the 29th CRP general signup held last month.
Approval determinations on these enrolled acres have currently not been made. Earned payments are disbursed by electronic funds transfer or direct deposit into the producer’s designated financial account.
CRP is the nation’s premier program for protecting fragile natural resources and enhancing the environment.
Under CRP, producers voluntarily retire environmentally sensitive cropland for 10 to 15 years. Land to be enrolled must be highly erodible, contribute to a serious water quality problem, provide important wildlife habitat or provide substantial environmental benefits if devoted to certain specific conservation uses.
Other CRP payments, including reimbursement of 50 percent of expenses for establishing cover and incentive payments for enrolling eligible conservation practices, are made throughout the year.
Bill Harmon is executive director of the FSA office for Marion County, located in Marion.