A general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up begins on March 12, 2012 and runs through April 6, 2012.
"To provide information on this sign up, an informational meeting on the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been scheduled," announced Dustin D. Miller, County Executive Director for the Cherokee County FSA Office. "
This meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2012 at the Cherokee County Conservation Board office, 629 River Road in Cherokee from 1 to 3 p.m.
Information provided at this meeting will include program information related to the bidding process, completing contracts, and discussing other USDA regulations. Our partner organizations will provide information at this meeting. Mike Henderson, NRCS's District Conservationist, will present and answer questions on developing CRP conservation plan as well as seeding and covers establishment. Randall Phelan, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist for Cherokee, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties, will provide information on increasing wildlife and other environmental benefits.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is the largest voluntary private-land conservation program. It helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation purposes. CRP assists in creating new wildlife habitat, enhancing water, soil, and air quality through a variety of covers that can be established on the offered land. In return for offering the land, the Farm Service Agency provides participants rental payments, cost share and technical assistance, and does so on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
For more information about this meeting or the general Conservation Reserve Program sign up, please contact the Cherokee County FSA office at 712-225-5717 or access the website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.