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CRP Turns 30!

December 16, 2015 - Mollie Aronowitz, AFM

Beginning December 1, the next general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) runs through February 26. This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most successful federally funded conservation programs in the country.

CRP assists landowners and ag producers with returning environmentally sensitive farm acres to long-term, perennial covers (grasses and woody plants). CRP participants receive rental payments and cost-share assistance on enrolled acres with contracts typically running 10 and 15 years.

These permanent plantings improve water quality by filtering and reducing soil erosion as water leaves the field. Acres also provide safe habitat for wildlife and pollinators. According to the USDA, 24.2 million acres have been enrolled in CRP. Enrolled acres are also protecting more than 17,000 stream miles with buffers.

CRP is one of the most successful examples of how landowners can work in tandem with agriculture production to maximize production on the most productive acres, and protect the most environmentally sensitive acres. For an interactive tour of CRP success stories from across the United States, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30. You can also follow along on Twitter at #CRPis30.

If you are a landowner seeking advice or assistance on CRP enrollment, Peoples Company’s Land Management team is available to assist. Our Land Managers visit county offices across the state and keep up-to-date on current programs and offerings.

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