RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a four-week Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up through June 14.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.
Contracts for land enrolled in the CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.
Also ongoing are signups for continuous CRP as well as state acres for wildlife enhancement initiative, the highly erodible land initiative, the grassland restoration initiative and other related programs.
“Strong competition to enroll acres into CRP is expected,” said Kevin Wooten, Wake County FSA Executive Director. “Wake County producers are urged to maximize their environmental benefits and make cost-effective offers.”
Wake County producers are also encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis. Currently, Wake County has 316 acres enrolled in CRP practices including tree practices, grass practices, and wildlife habitat practices.
Anyone interested in enrolling cropland in CRP should visit the Wake County FSA Service Center at 4001 Carya Drive Raleigh, call 919-231-6126, or go to fsa.usda.gov for CRP and other FSA program information.