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Conservation Reserve Program registration begins for landowners

Conservation Reserve Program registration begins for agricultural producers
Conservation Reserve Program registration begins for agricultural producers(Marresa Burke)
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 4:32 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -General registration is open for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This program assists agriculture producers and private land landowners with low-yielding acres and encourages conservation of sensitive lands that could provide benefits of natural resources and wildlife.

Throughout the program, landowners, farmers, ranchers and producers establish long-term, resource-conversing plant species such as approved grasses or trees to control social erosion improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitats on cropland.

The registration period for CRP is annual and competitive. All applications are reviewed by the United States Department of Agriculture who would then accept or deny applicants admission into the program.

The USDA will review the problems or issues the land may have and what the producers willing to or able to do to improve those acres.

“Farmers, landowners and agriculture producers could do different seed or grass mixtures and depending what mixes they want to put on that land they may get more points that can help them in the application process,” said Public Affairs/Outreach Coordinator of Farm Service Agency Bobbie Kriz- Wickham.

There are webinars in the upcoming weeks to provide additional education on the program on Jan. 19, Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 at https://nebraskapf.com/crp-signup/.

There have not been any changes to the Conservation Reservation Program because of COVID-19. The Farm Service Agency offices are closed to walk-in traffic but the staff remains working remotely to answer or provide any assistance to producers, or landowners interested in the program. They are assisting via phone, email and scheduled virtual appointments.

CRP is one of the largest private land conservation programs in the United States and marked its 35th anniversary in December 2020.

Registration for the CRP can be found here.

The deadline for the CRP is Feb. 12.

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