114,000 New Acres Enrolled In CRP

114,000 New Acres Enrolled In CRP

North Dakota Farm Service Agency accepts about half the acreage offered; total acres in program continue to decline.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency accepted nearly 114,000 acres of North Dakota farmland into the Conservation Reserve Program during the most recent general signup period.

That represents about half of the acres that were offered by North Dakota producers. Nationwide, 2,8 million acres of farmland were accepted into CRP during the 41st general signup.

Aaron Krauter, State Executive Director of Farm Service Agency in North Dakota, says he is  happy to see continued interest in the program.

"CRP has proven itself over the last 25 years to be a great way to partner with producers here in North Dakota to protect environmentally sensitive land. We received 2,390 offers to put land into CRP, and we were able to accept 1,082 of those offers."

The new CRP contracts become effective on Oct. 1.

Despite the new contracts, North Dakota will still see an overall reduction in the number of acres enrolled in CRP. That's More than 385,000 acres of existing CRP contracts are expiring this year, leaving about 2.38 million acres enrolled in the program.

"Even though the general signup period is over, there are still opportunities around the state to get land into CRP. There are several conservation priority areas around the state, and land that's devoted to certain cover practices can be enrolled at any time," Krauter says.

If you are interested into one of the continuous CRP practices, contact your local FSA office.

Source: ND Farm Service Agency.

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