Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be open next year from Jan. 4-Feb. 12, while 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 State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative. The program marks its 35th year in December.

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

For more information, visit here  or contact your local Farm Service Agency office.