Farmers may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) until Feb. 12 at local Farm Service Agency offices. Signup for the CRP Grasslands will run from March 15-April 23. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. The competitive general signup includes increased opportunities for enrollment of wildlife habitat through the 35-year-old State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative.

CRP Grasslands helps landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and certain other lands while maintaining the areas as grazing lands.