SD: 2011 General CRP Signup to Begin

Huron, S.D. – Beginning March 14, agricultural producers and/or
landowners will have the opportunity to submit a bid to enroll
eligible land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during a
general signup.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will be
accepting CRP offers nationwide from March 14-April 18. CRP
provides annual payments for agricultural producers to establish
and maintain resource conserving cover on cropland for 10-15 years
with the goals of increasing water quality, reducing soil erosion,
and providing wildlife habitat.

Last year, over 1,500 offers were made by South Dakota
landowners and 86 percent of them were accepted, equating to more
than 120,000 acres enrolled or re-enrolled in CRP.

CRP has played an important role in South Dakota’s record
pheasant population during the last five years.

“The undisturbed nesting habitat that CRP grassland provides is
vitally important for pheasants and other grassland nesting bird
production,” said Travis Runia, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Department upland game biologist.

All South Dakota landowners are encouraged to consider offering
CRP bids on highly erodible and sensitive land during this general
CRP signup. Producers whose offers were not accepted in last year’s
general CRP signup should strongly consider making offers again
this year.

With a general CRP signup available nationwide, South Dakota may
be able to gain back some of the 500,000 acres of CRP that have
expired since 2007 and about 150,000 acres that will expire Sept.
30.

For more information or to submit an offer, agricultural
producers should set up appointments with their local USDA Farm
Service Agency offices.

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