TUALATIN – The general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began on March 12, and will continue through April 6.

During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup will become effective Oct. 1.

As administrator of the Conservation Reserve Program, FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that assists in calculating the environmental benefits to be gained from the contract. The EBI consists of five environmental factors: wildlife, water, soil, air, and enduring benefits. Cost factors are also entered into the equation.

In addition to the general signup, FSA’s CRP Continuous Signup Program is ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov and click on the “Conservation Programs” link.

Those who are interested can call Lela for an appointment at 541-426-4521 ext. 102.

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