The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program on Monday.
The program pays landowners to idle marginally productive farmland and take measures to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat.
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The deadline for farmers and ranchers to sign up for general CRP is Feb. 28, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.
“The Conservation Reserve Program is one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors and a critical tool to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “The program marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020, and we’re hoping to see one of our largest signups in many years.”
CRP has 22 million acres enrolled, but the 2018 Farm Bill raised the cap to 27 million acres.
For more information, go to fsa.usda.gov/crp.