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USDA: Expiring CRP Contracts Can Now Be Extended
USAgNet - 06/25/2019

Farmers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or select a one-year contract extension if they are eligible. The USDA's Farm Service Agency also announced it is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the nation's largest conservation programs.

"Agricultural producers with expiring CRP contracts have set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health for at least a decade," said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. "We want to make sure they, and their neighbors who may not have a CRP contract, know they have opportunities within CRP to continue their valuable contribution to our country's conservation successes."

FSA stopped accepting offers last fall for the CRP continuous signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. The 2018 Farm Bill re-authorized the program this past December, and FSA determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program.

This year's CRP continuous signup includes such practices as grass waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. Continuous signup enrollment contracts last for 10 to 15 years. Soil rental rates are set at 90 percent of 2018 rates. Incentive payments are not offered for these practices.

For more information, contact your local FSA office.

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