Farmers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts have until Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, to re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is also accepting offers from landowners who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. CRP signup opened June 3 and ends Aug. 23.
This year’s CRP continuous signup includes practices, such as grass waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices approved for this signup.
Under CRP continuous signup, FSA provides eligible participants with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. Signup and practice incentives, as well as certain rental rate incentives, are not available for this signup period. Continuous signup contracts last for 10 to 15 years.
In return for establishing long-term, resource-conserving covers, FSA provides annual rental payments to eligible participants based on per acre cropland and marginal pasture land rental rates determined by FSA. Soil rental rates are set at 90% of 2018 rates. Incentive payments are not offered for these practices.
While enrollment under CRP continuous signup is not determined by a competitive offer process, with the exception of CRP Grasslands, producers may elect to receive a rental rate amount less than the maximum payment rate. The maximum payment rate for continuous signup is $300 per acre.
Cost-share assistance of up to 50 percent of the re-reimbursable cost of installing the practice is provided by FSA. Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who want to extend their contract, should contact their USDA service center by Aug. 23.
Eligible producers must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to submitting the offer, unless:
- The new owner acquired the land due to the previous owner’s death;
- The ownership change occurred due to foreclosure where the owner exercised a timely right of redemption in accordance with state law; or
- The circumstances of the acquisition present adequate assurance to FSA that the new owner did not acquire the land for the purpose of placing it in CRP.
Eligible land must be cropland that is planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity four of the six crop years from 2012 to 2017 and is physically and legally capable of being planted (no planting restrictions due to an easement or other legally binding instruments) in a normal manner to an agricultural commodity. Certain marginal pastureland that may be devoted to riparian buffers is also eligible.