The USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that 7,963 acres were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up, bringing the total number of active CRP acres in Ohio to 337,713.
Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres. For more than 25 years, CRP has protected natural resources in Ohio while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities throughout the state. The newly accepted CRP offers will continue the CRP legacy by improving water and air quality, increasing wildlife habitat and preventing soil erosion.
Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. Accepted contracts will become effective October 1, 2012.
All CRP sign-up 43 offers were evaluated and ranked using the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that consists of the following five environmental factors plus cost: wildlife enhancement, water quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits and air quality. The national average rental rate per acre for this sign-up is $51.24.
For more information about the Conservation Reserve Program, please contact your local FSA office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.