Conservation Reserve Program signup begins next week

Farmers and other landowners who want to sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program can do so starting next Monday, February 27th.

Wisconsin’s state FSA Director Gene Schriefer says CRP continues to be a great fit for farmers with less productive or marginal cropland, helping them re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and support wildlife habitat.

The USDA says general CRP helps landowners establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.  General CRP also includes a Climate-Smart Practice Incentive to help increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Within the General CRP program, The CLEAR30 Initiative originally piloted in twelve Great Lakes area states and the Chesapeake Bay watershed has been expanded nationwide, allowing landowners to enroll in 30-year CRP contracts for water quality practices.

The signup window for General CRP closes on April 7th.

Under Continuous CRP, producers and landowners can enroll in CRP throughout the year. Offers are automatically accepted provided the producer and land meet the eligibility requirements and the enrollment levels do not exceed the statutory cap.

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