Nearly 100 producers sign up for CRP program in Brown County

Farm Forum

Aberdeen — As of July 10, nearly 100 producers have applied in Brown County for the Conservation Reserve Program since the continuous signups started June 9, according to Dawn Brandt, the executive director of the Brown County Farm Service Agency.

With two of the eight full-time employees solely working on CRP, the office is busy with producers who are interested in the program, Brandt says.

The deadline to sign up is Sept. 30, and all granted contracts involving CRP will go into effect on Oct. 1.

In the continuous signup, producers interested in using particular conservation practices, such as wetland buffers and shelterbelts, are able to apply for a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSA program. Unlike the general CRP signup, it is not a competitive process and, as long as the land and producer pass certain requirements, Brandt said generally all applications are accepted.

Through the CRP, producers enroll environmentally sensitive land to protect wildlife habitats, prevent soil erosion and improve water quality in a contract lasting from 10 to 15 years and receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture FSA’s website.

Additionally, producers who have a general CRP contract expiring in September are able to apply for a one-year renewal, with a deadline of Aug. 8.

A contract is not eligible for the extension if the additional year would cause the length of the contract to go beyond the maximum 15 years.

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