General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program begins next Monday, March 14, and continues through April 15. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land at their county Farm Service Agency office. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2011.
CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally-sensitive land for conservation benefits. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to wildlife population increases in many parts of the country and well as improving water quality.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says sound conservation practices encouraged through CRP enrollment preserve the soil, clean our water and restore habitat for wildlife. In addition to general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing.