WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts.

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the program, which is one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the program’s continuous signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, FSA has analyzed the language and determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers.

This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers and wetland restoration.

Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years long.

Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates.

Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts.

FSA also will reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreements. For details, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-enhancement/index.

For more information, visit a local FSA office or www.farmers.gov.

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