USDA extends its CRP signup deadlines

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has extended the signup deadlines for both the Conservation Reserve Program general signup and the special CRP re-enrollment and extension opportunities until April 28.

Eligible farmers and ranchers are encouraged to take advantage of the CRP enrollment options available now through this additional, but limited, time frame.

After CRP General Sign-Up 33 ends April 28, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index factors for wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits.

Accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1.

Subject to a compliance review, CRP participants with contracts expiring in 2007 have until April 28 to apply for special reenrollment or extension opportunities.

FSA also is notifying CRP participants with contracts expiring in 2008-2010 of their reenrollment and extension opportunities. The deadline for these participants to respond is June 30.

CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, enhance wildlife habitat and improve water and air quality.

In return, the Farm Service Agency provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years.

Detailed information on CRP is available at the Marion County Farm Service Agency office and on the agency’s Web site at www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/cepd/crpinfo.htm.

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