52,190 Illinois acres accepted for CRP
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[June 12, 2012]
-- Scherrie V. Giamanco, USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency
executive director, announced that 2,276 CRP offers, covering 52,190
acres, were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program
Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres,
bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres.
"For more than 25 years, CRP has protected natural resources
in Illinois while providing economic and environmental benefits
to rural communities throughout the state," said Giamanco. "The
newly accepted CRP offers will continue the CRP legacy by
improving water and air quality, increasing wildlife habitat,
and preventing soil erosion," she said.
Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual rental payments and
cost-share assistance to establish long-term,
resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland. Accepted
contracts will become effective Oct. 1.
According to Giamanco, during 2011, CRP acres nationwide
reduced nitrogen losses from farm fields by 623 million pounds
and phosphorus losses by 124 million pounds. CRP has also
restored more than 2 million acres of wetlands and associated
buffers, and this reduces soil erosion by more than 300 million
tons per year.
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All CRP sign-up 43 offers were evaluated and ranked using the
Environmental Benefits Index, consisting of the following five
environmental factors plus cost: wildlife enhancement, water
quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits and air quality. The
national average rental rate per acre for this sign-up is $51.24.
For more information about the Conservation Reserve Program,
contact your local FSA office or visit
For Logan County FSA contact information, click
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]