Farm Service Agency to open general sign-up for conservation reserve program

Mar. 19, 2013 @ 08:40 PM


General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program through the North Carolina Farm Service Agency will run from May 20 through June 14.

A total of 106,640 acres of farmland state-wide is enrolled in this voluntary program, which provides farmers a safeguard for protecting environmentally sensitive land

Producers interested in erosion control, as well as those concerned with water quality benefits (reduced nutrients and sediment loadings, and the adverse consequences of floods; and wildlife habitat expansion and enhancement), should consider signing up, particularly those with environmentally sensitive land or expiring contracts.

Other benefits of the program to producers include cost-share assistance for planting covers and annual rental payments (for the length of the contract). Enrollment opportunities are available on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis, which can provide even more financial assistance. Dates for continuous sign-up will be announced at a later date.

Search or visit a local Farm Service Agency for more information.