USDA Accepting Grassland CRP Applications

by Brett McRae

USDA has announced the sign up for the grassland conservation reserve program which ends June 28th 2024. Grassland CRP, offered by the Farm Service Agency, is a voluntary working lands conservation program that enables participants to conserve grassland and provide important conservation benefits for wildlife, soil health, and carbon sequestration, all while continuing most grazing and haying practices.

In exchange for maintaining grasslands and wildlife habitat, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) pays producers annual rental payments and cost-share assistance while allowing livestock production activities to continue. Ranchers can continue to graze, seed, and hay land enrolled in the program.

The program provides ranchers with yearly acre-rental payments, capped at $50,000 per entity, for sustaining wildlife habitat on grasslands while allowing livestock production activities to continue. In return, landowners must follow a Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) management plan.

More than 2.3 million acres got accepted in the 2023 Grassland CRP Sign-Up.

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NAFB/Western Landowners Alliance

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