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Sign-up underway for FEL-CRP initiative program

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dawn Butler, Executive Director for the Sharp County USDA Farm Service Agency, has announced that sign-up for the Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Initiative, under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will continue through Sept. 30, or when 700 acres are enrolled -- whichever occurs first.

CRP is a voluntary program that has protected environmentally sensitive land for more than 25 years. 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. However, existing grass stands that are not considered expiring CRP will not be eligible.

Producers can stop by any FSA office to determine if their land qualifies for the HEP Initiative, in order to receive additional location-specific details.

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.

CRP contracts set to expire on Sept. 30, 2012 may be offered for consideration and approved contracts will become effective Oct. 1, 2012, and are also valid for 10 years.

For more information, contact the Sharp County FSA office at 870-994-2006 or by visiting online at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

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