Conservation Reserve Program to benefit crop producers and consumers

The 2010 sign-up is underway for the Conservation Reserve Program, a popular program which Farm Service Agency State Director Arthur Douglas says helps farmers and ranchers use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Douglas says eligible acreage includes cropland that has been cropped or is considered to be cropped for four of the six years between 2002 and 2007, and located within conservation priority areas “The benefits are there,” Douglas says, “not only for the producer but we feel like for the consumer as well, of wildlife and such. So (we’re) just encouraging everyone to just take a look at the program.” “Get in the local FSA office and take a look at it,” Douglas encourages. He also encourages farmers to meet with program technicans within the offices. “Set down with them and go through the figures and see if it’ll work for their own personal operations.” The sign-up deadline is August 27. Douglas says that his agency will evaluate the offers and producers will be notified in September whether their offers are accepted or rejected.

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