The USDA has increased incentive payments for conservation practices implemented on land enrolled in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP.) The USDA is "upping the Practice Incentive Payment for installing practices, from 5 to 20 percent. Additionally, producers will receive a 10 percent incentive payment for water quality practices on land enrolled in CRP's continuous sign-up."

Local Farm Service Agency offices will "automatically" accept all offers provided the land meets eligibility requirements and the total CRP acres do not exceed the allowable limit set in the 2018 Farm Bill. General CRP sign-ups occur only about one time a year or less but the Continuous CRP is available just about anytime. I do remember there have been times when Continuous CRP was put on hold because of funding or CRP was at the maximum allowable limit set in the Farm Bill.

So, if you have some land you would maybe like to offer to put into Continuous CRP give your local Farm Service Agency a call. It was 35 years ago during the Farm Crisis of the 1980's that the CRP and Continuous CRP were implemented. The goal was to take environmentally sensitive land out of production to increase crop prices and protect the environment. I think it is one of the most popular programs ever developed by the USDA!

 

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