Representatives from the local Farm Service Agencies will be attending training sessions on provisions for a new Conservation Reserve Program or CRP sign up next week. Unfortunately, no specific date has been set by the Ag Department for sign up yet, but it is anticipated that the sign up will be set sometime in August.
Initially 2.8-million acres were to be available for the program but the quota has been raised to 4.0-million acres USDA. No reason was given for the change in the quota.
Area producers will be notified when CRP sign-up can begin. That will happen as soon as provisions are made available and interpreted for use at the county level.