The general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program ends Friday, April 6.
USDA's North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aaron Krauter urges farmers to consider enrolling land in the program.
"CRP has been an important part of our landscape for the last 25 years and has provided great environmental and economic benefits to North Dakotans," Krauter says. "This general signup is an opportunity for our producers to continue this voluntary program."
You are encouraged to contact your local county office to discuss enrolling land in CRP. Land offered during the general signup is ranked according to an environmental benefits index based on the relative environmental benefits of the land offered.
Krauter expects the general signup to be very competitive since there are over 6.5 million acres expiring across the country in 2012. "In North Dakota alone, we're looking at over 830,000 acres of CRP expiring this year, so there's a lot of interest in getting land re-enrolled," Krauter says. "There are several enhancements to offers that producers can make that will make their offer more competitive."
If offered acreage is not accepted during the general CRP signup, land devoted to certain practices may still be eligible to be enrolled in CRP through the non-competitive continuous CRP signup.
For more information, contact your local county office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
Source: Farm Service Agency, North Dakota