USDA accepting sign-up for CRP Grassland Program
Agricultural producers and landowners can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup from until August 20. This year, (USDA) updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones.
The CRP Grassland signup is competitive, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide for annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.
CRP Grasslands helps landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland, and pastureland and certain other lands, while maintaining the areas as working grazing lands. Protecting grasslands contributes positively to the economy of many regions, provides biodiversity of plant and animal populations, and provides important carbon sequestration benefits.
The minimum rental rate is $15 per acre. To enroll in the CRP Grasslands signup, producers and landowners should contact USDA by the Aug. 20 deadline.