The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program from May 20 through June 14. CRP aims to protect the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the U.S.
About 320,000 acres of land currently are enrolled in CRP in Ohio. Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract, which can be 10 to 15 years.
Contracts on approximately 55,000 acres of CRP in Ohio are set to expire Sept. 30. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally-sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.
Wyandot County Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency will hold an informational meeting for the 45th CRP general sign-up May 15. Producers are given two chances to attend. The first meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and the second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Gottfried Nature Center, 9783 CH 330, Upper Sandusky.
Those planning to attend one of the sessions should call the Wyandot County FSA office at 419-294-2127 or the NRCS office at 419-294-2311.
By CHARLOTTE SCHMACHTENBERGER