|Continuous sign-up planned for Highly Erodible Land initiative|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:48|
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Farm Service Agency has announced continuous sign-up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program started on July 23 for 2012.
Ohio received a total allocation of 24,300 acres to enroll in the HEL CRP program. Offers will be accepted until either the state acreage allocation limit is reached or September 30, 2012, whichever occurs first.
"CRP is a voluntary program that has protected environmentally sensitive land for more than 25 years," said Steve Maurer, State Executive Director. "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 September 30, 2012; however, existing grass stands that are not expiring CRP will not be considered eligible," he said.
Producers can stop by their local FSA office to determine if their land qualifies for the HEL initiative and to receive additional location-specific details.
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.
CRP contracts set to expire on September 30, 2012, may be offered for consideration and approved contracts will become effective October 1, 2012, and are also valid for 10 years.
For more information, please contact your local FSA office.
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