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Ag producers have until Feb. 28 to enroll in Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture producers have until the end of February to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program 2020.

Those interested in signing up must enroll by Feb. 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release on Wednesday.

The signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term.

“This is the first opportunity for general sign up since 2016, and we want producers and private landowners to know that we have just one month remaining,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “It is critical that they make their final determinations and submit offers very soon to take advantage of this popular conservation program.”

The department explained that farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”), which can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.

CRP has 22 million acres enrolled, but the 2018 Farm Bill lifted the cap to 27 million acres.

To learn more, see the complete news release. To enroll, find the nearest FSA office