U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds landowners and farmers that the opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program ends Friday.
Producers who want to offer eligible land for the program’s general sign-up can enroll at the Farm Service Agency county office where their farm records are maintained. In Washington County, enrollment is at the USDA Service Center 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 107, in Hagerstown.
It is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in the program plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, the USDA provides participants with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. The contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.
For more information, call 301-797-0500 or go to www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.