CRP signup open through Aug. 17

Staff reports
Farm Forum

The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced signup opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program. Local Farm Service Agency offices are taking applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices through Aug. 17.

Practices currently eligible for CRP enrollment include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration, farmable wetlands and duck nesting habitat.

A key component of the duck-nesting habitat practice is the allowance of up to 10 acres of upland per acre of eligible wetland to be enrolled. This allowance creates important nesting and concealment habitat for variety of ground-nesting birds and other grassland-dependent wildlife.

All of these CRP practices provide 50 percent cost-share to establish grassland habitat on cropland acres and provide an annual rental payment for 10 to 15 years.

Wildlife officials from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department encourage landowners and producers interested in CRP enrollment to contact a habitat advisor listed online at habitat.sd.gov/advisors/default.aspx or through their local FSA office.