Is Your Conservation Reserve Program Contract Expiring?

The USDA announces re-enrollment options for land set to leave the program.

More than 300,000 acres under Conservation Reserve Program continuous sign-up contracts are set to leave the program on Sept. 30, 2007.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 14,000 landowners may be eligible to re-enroll their land in continuous sign-up through the Conservation Reserve Program or CRP.

Of the land eligible to leave the program, about 71,800 acres are in major corn producing states - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio.

"Re-enrolling these acres is an important conservation decision because continuous sign-up contracts involve some of the nation's most environmentally sensitive land," says Floyd Gaibler, deputy under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services.

Farmers and ranchers with land in general sign-up contracts that expire Sept. 30 may also be eligible for the continuous sign-up. In addition, some land may be eligible for special incentives through the CRP farmable wetlands program.

Offers for continuous sign-up are not subject to competitive bidding and the contracts are for 10 to 15 years. CRP provides rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance to help landowners take marginal land out of production.

For more information about CRP, visit your local USDA office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov.

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