For Immediate Release: May 29, 2012
USDA Montana Farm Service Agency
Bozeman, Mont., May 29, 2012 - U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will accept 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under Farm Service Agency's 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. Of the total acres offered, 259,054 Montana acres were accepted.
“In Montana, 1,335 out of 2,240 CRP offers were accepted, which is just under 60 percent," Acting Montana Executive Director Dick Deschamps said. "County offices across Montana are preparing written notifications to everybody who submitted offers. Please give the offices a few days to process those notification letters and get them in the mail."
CRP is a voluntary program designed to help farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. Eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers one eligible farmland throughout the duration of 10 to 15 year contracts.
Here are the County numbers of accepted offers and acreage:
- Big Horn: 17 offers, 4,317.1 acres
- Blaine: 42 offers, 8,415.3 acres
- Broadwater: 12 offers, 2,581 acres
- Carbon: 12 offers, 1,663 acres
- Carter: 5 offers, 1,863 acres
- Cascade: 27 offers, 4,891.9 acres
- Chouteau: 85 offers, 13,235.9 acres
- Custer: 8 offers, 2,439.7 acres
- Daniels: 123 offers, 13,826.5 acres
- Dawson: 68 offers, 11,706.5 acres
- Fallon: 15 offers, 3,543.3 acres
- Fergus: 24 offers, 3,358.5 acres
- Garfield: 20 offers, 9,836 acres
- Glacier: 29 offers, 5,662.2 acres
- Golden Valley: 39 offers, 13,292.5 acres
- Hill: 69 offers, 14,997.1 acres
- Judith Basin: 11 offers, 2,209.2 acres
- Lewis & Clark: 2 offers, 700.9 acres
- Liberty: 18 offers, 2,787.6 acres
- McCone: 102 offers, 17,539.9 acres
- Musselshell: 20 offers, 8,931.7 acres
- Park: 8 offers, 2,509.5 acres
- Petroleum:3 offers, 403 acres
- Phillips: 59 offers, 17,054.2 acres
- Pondera: 15 offers, 1,876.4 acres
- Prairie: 27 offers, 5,697.5 acres
- Richland: 64 offers, 9,013.9 acres
- Roosevelt: 26 offers, 4,109.7 acres
- Rosebud: 22 offers, 6,697.7 acres
- Sheridan: 66 offers, 9,101.4 acres
- Stillwater: 10 offers, 1,348.1 acres
- Teton: 35 offers, 4,151.4 acres
- Toole: 94 offers, 13,860.3 acres
- Valley: 99 offers, 21,126.3 acres
- Wheatland: 16 offers, 6,605.3 acres
- Wibaux: 8 offers, 932.7 acres
- Yellowstone: 30 offers, 4,068 acres
*Counties with an asterisk have two or less approved offers.
USDA selected offers for enrollment based on an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) comprised of five environmental factors plus cost. The five environmental factors are wildlife enhancement, water quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits and air quality. The minimum selected EBI level for the sign-up was 209.
Enrollment of the new acres will allow USDA to continue important targeting of CRP acres through continuous signup initiatives including those announced earlier this year for highly-erodible land, as well as grasslands and wetlands while also maintaining and enhancing the significant benefits that the program has already achieved. The two continuous signup initiatives announced earlier this year will target an additional 1.75 million acres nationwide.
As of April 2012, Montana had 2.5 million acres enrolled in CRP. When the recently accepted Montana acres are compared with the state's expiring CRP acres, more than 430,000 acres are scheduled to come out of CRP in Montana this year.
"We would like to remind those producers whose Signup 43 CRP offers were not accepted that they can explore additional options available to them under the Continuous CRP Signup,” Deschamps said.
For more information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/mt
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