Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA will accept 2.8-million acres offered by landowners under the 41st Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up – which preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands while providing payments to property owners. More than 38-thousand offers were received for the CRP sign-up on about 3.8-million acres across the nation. Total CRP enrollment will now total 29.9-million acres – leaving enough room to continue enrollment in the 32-million-acre cap for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
Vilsack says USDA is committed to enhancing the great conservation legacy of the nation’s hunters and anglers to benefit current and future generations. Farmers and ranchers plant grasses and trees in crop fields and along streams or rivers under CRP – which reduce soil and prevent nutrients washing into waterways, reduce soil erosion that may contribute to poor air and water quality and provide valuable habitat for wildlife. Through CRP – more than two-million acres of wetlands have been restored and soil erosion reduced by more than 400-million tons per year. For more information about CRP – go to www dot fsa dot usda dot gov backslash crp (www.fsa.usda.gov/crp).