Farm Service Agency announces continuous sign-up for CRP Highly
Erodible Land Initiative
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[August 13, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Continuous
sign-up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the
Conservation Reserve Program is under way. Illinois received a total
allocation of 50,000 acres to enroll in this plan for erodible land.
Sign-up began on July 23, and offers will be accepted until either
the state acreage allocation limit is reached or Sept. 30, whichever
occurs first, according to Scherrie V. Giamanco, state executive
director for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Illinois.
"CRP is a voluntary program that has protected environmentally
sensitive land for more than 25 years," said Giamanco. "This
initiative will accept offers with an erosion rate of at least
20 tons per acre per year for new cropland or CRP acres that
expire on Sept. 30, 2012; however, existing grass stands that
are not considered expiring CRP will not be considered
eligible," she said.
Producers should contact their FSA county
office to determine if their land qualifies for the Highly
Erodible Land Initiative and to receive additional
Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual rental payments and
cost-share assistance to establish long-term,
resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland. Incentive
payments are not authorized under this initiative.
New land contracts approved during this continuous sign-up
initiative will become effective the first day of the month
following the month of approval and are valid for 10 years.
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CRP contracts set to expire on Sept. 30 may be offered for
consideration, and approved contracts will become effective Oct. 1
and are also valid for 10 years.
For more information on FSA's CRP continuous sign-up, contact
your local FSA office or visit FSA online at
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]