Benefitting farmers, ranchers, landowners, and natural resources throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency has announced a general signup for the longstanding Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from Dec. 9 – Feb. 28. This will be the first general enrollment since 2016 and will represent one of the largest program acreages ever offered to landowners in the United States. Landowners should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to learn more about general CRP eligibility at this site.
Wildlife populations and rural communities have been supported by the CRP since the mid-1980’s when President Ronald Reagan signed it into law on December 23, 1985. With the CRP cap raised to 27 million acres in the 2018 Farm Bill and millions of acres set to expire, there is a significant opportunity for enrollment of over 8 million acres over the next year. Landowners are encouraged to contact their nearest USDA Service Center, map available here.