The Conservation Reserve Program is one of the many tools available to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources. Signup for general CRP is open until April 7.

CRP is a federally funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers so that environmentally sensitive agricultural land is not farmed or ranched, but instead devoted to conservation benefits. CRP participants establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. Accepted contracts for the 60th CRP enrollment period will become effective Oct. 1. Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP may be offered for enrollment during the CRP general enrollment period. In addition, CRP producers whose contracts are expiring on Sept. 30 may submit offers for re-enrollment.

To be eligible for CRP enrollment, a producer must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to the end of the CRP enrollment period, unless 1) the new owner acquired the land due to the previous owner’s death; 2) The ownership change occurred due to foreclosure where the owner exercised a timely right of redemptions in accordance with state law or; 3) the circumstance of the acquisition presents adequate assurance to FSA that the new owner did not acquire the land for the purpose of placing it in CRP.