USDA Encourages Farmers to Begin Field Planning for CRP Practices

DES MOINES, IOWA, May 28, 2019 USDA staff in Iowa are encouraging landowners interested in implementing practices through the upcoming continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to visit their local USDA Service Center soon. It is important to begin the field planning process before crop growth makes fields difficult to examine.

USDA is accepting new continuous CRP applications, beginning June 3. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced a limited continuous CRP signup, prioritizing water-quality practices through the 2018 Farm Bill.

Landowners interested in signing up for continuous CRP may begin the conservation planning process immediately, says Kurt Simon, State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa. Conservation planning for CRP is conducted by NRCS and local partner staff.

“Many CRP practices require planners to get to the field to ensure the practice is needed. We have a short window to get a lot of conservation planning completed for CRP and other programs,” said Simon. “Interested landowners should visit our offices soon so we can help them with their conservation needs.”

This year’s signup will include practices such as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, saturated buffers, denitrifying bioreactors and wetland restoration. A full list of eligible practices is available through FSA.

“CRP allows agricultural producers to set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat and boost soil health,” said Amanda De Jong, State Executive Director for the FSA in Iowa. “Producers new to the program and those with expiring CRP contracts need to visit our offices to enroll or reenroll. Visiting our offices early will ensure timely processing of CRP applications.”

Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. FSA plans to open more CRP options for the December 2019 signup.

Producers interested in applying for continuous CRP practices should contact their USDA Service Center, beginning June 3. More information about CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.