Producers have until July 23 to apply for a general CRP
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set a deadline for general registration in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 56. Growers and landowners will have until Friday, July 23 to apply for the general CRP. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will also be accepting CRP Grasslands applications until August 20. Registration options for both programs have been updated this year. Improved incentives for producers are made available to increase the benefits of conservation, including those related to climate change.
“We are delighted to roll out our new and improved CRP General and Grasslands enrollments,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said in a press release. “Ultimately, CRP now makes more financial sense for producers while providing a greater return on investment in terms of natural resource benefits. The General and Grasslands listings are part of a larger suite of tools available through the CRP to integrate key conservation practices on our country’s working lands.
CRP helps producers and landowners establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species. Approved grasses and trees help improve water quality, control soil erosion, and strengthen wildlife habitat. Climate-smart practice incentives have been added by the FSA for practices aimed at sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A one-time “inflationary” adjustment for payment rates is added by the FSA. Greater flexibility to adjust floor rental rates will also be available.
The initial general registration period began in January. The deadline has been extended to allow producers and landowners to review program updates. To register during the general CRP registration period, producers should contact their local USDA service center before the deadline.
FSA has also made improvements to CRP Grasslands, setting a minimum rental rate of $ 15 per acre. The program helps producers protect grasslands such as rangelands and pastures, while maintaining the areas as pastures. The FSA has also established new national priority areas for grasslands.