Several weeks ago Big First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran asked the Department of Agriculture to extend some of the expiring 2009 Conservation Reserve Program Contracts. Moran got his wish this week.
Local Farm Management Agencies announced yesterday that FSA will offer certain producers the opportunity to extend their CRP contracts that are scheduled to expire in four months. USDA plans to extend 1.5 million acres out of a total 3.9 million acres in September.
FSA will notify participants who are eligible and those that are not for the extension with a letter beginning this week. The sign up for this voluntary extension will begin May 18th and run through June 20th.
CRP contracts with the highest environmental benefit or with the highest potential for erosion will be selected. Chosen CRP contract holders will generally be offered three to five year extensions.
Producers wishing to extend their contract period will receive their current contract rental rate. All or a portion of the acreage under contract, may be included in the extension, but no new acreage may be added.
Moran said, “Producers needed to know whether they should begin to prepare land for production or be allowed to continue to participate in the CRP contract during the next crop year.” He added, “This will assist producers in making a more informed decision.”