|CRP sign up started Monday|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:18|
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Farm Service Agency is now conducting a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program which started Monday and continues through June 14.
During this time farmers and landowners may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their local FSA office.
"Over the past 27 years, CRP's benefits have grown thanks to many improvements of our natural resources including cleaner water, improved air quality, better habitat for wildlife, and a large reduction in soil erosion," said Steve Maurer, Ohio FSA director.
Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring on Sept. 30, may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1.
FSA, which administers the CRP, will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index that shows the environmental benefits of enrolling land in CRP. There are six factors that make up the EBI: wildlife, water, soil, air, enduring benefits and cost.
For more information, contact your local FSA office or visit the FSA CRP website at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.
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