Kentucky State Farm Service Agency Office
771 Corporate Dr., Ste. 100
Lexington KY 40503
Voice (859) 224-7601
John W. McCauley, State Executive Director
Lexington, KY, February 29, 2012- The Kentucky Farm Service Agency has announced that the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will begin March 12 and end April 6.
Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP can be offered during signup if all eligibility requirements are met. Also, CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall can make new contract offers during the signup period. Contracts awarded during this general signup period will become effective Oct. 1.
CRP is probably one of FSA’s most recognizable programs. The various CRP practices help improve water and air quality, increase wildlife habitat and prevent soil erosion, which benefits us all. Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years.
All CRP offers are evaluated and ranked using an Environmental Benefits Index that indicates the environmental benefits of enrolling the land in CRP. The environmental factors that make up the EBI are wildlife, water, soil, air, enduring benefits and cost. CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits.
In addition to this general CRP signup, the continuous CRP signup remains ongoing. In the continuous CRP signup, producers can enroll the most environmentally sensitive land.
For information about general Conservation Reserve Program sign-up, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.
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