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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands Accepts More Than 1.2 Million Acres

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) accepted more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent signup period. Through CRP Grasslands, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands and pastures while retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. Participants will receive an annual rental payment and may receive up to 50% cost-share for establishing approved conservation practices. The duration of the CRP contract is 10 or 15 years. FSA ranked offers using a number of factors, including existence of expiring CRP land, threat of conversion or development, existing grassland, and predominance of native species cover and cost.