For Immediate Release
John R Whitaker, State Executive Director
(515) 254 1540, Ext. 1000
FSA CRP General Signup Deadline Extended to April 13, 2012
Des Moines, Iowa, April 5, 2012: Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up deadline has been extended thru Friday, April 13, 2012. During this extended signup period, landowners may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring on September 30, 2012, may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective October 1, 2012.
FSA, which administers the CRP, will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that shows the environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors (wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits) and cost. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers.
In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.