On the heels of recent stops in the area by First District U.S. Congressman Jerry Moran, a Moran letter being fired off to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The letter asks the Ag. Secretary to make a final decision and announcement as soon as possible about whether extensions will be offered to expiring 2009 Conservation Reserve Program or CRP contracts. Moran argued in the letter for the approval of targeted contract extensions for expiring CRP contracts.
Under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, total acres allowed to be maintained in CRP were reduced from 39.2-million acres to 32-million acres nationwide, beginning in fiscal year 2010.
Moran is asking for a USDA decision prior to May 1st because existing rules allow farmers to begin preparation of land for fall planted crops like wheat as early as May 1st for farmers with expiring contracts.
At the local level, county FSA offices are currently conducting a sign-up to accept requests for water resources and non-point source pollution assistance.
Practices may include: terraces, waterways, pit ponds, cross fencing, well-plugging, waste water systems, and many more.
Funding for the program is provided by the State Conservation Commission through appropriation from the Kansas Water Plan Fund.
The sign-up period runs April 15th through May 15th. For more information you should contact your county FSA office.