The Farm Service Agency is accepting offers for a new initiative under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Initiative will accept offers of land with an erosion rate of at least 20 tons per acre per year.
Missouri received a total allocation of 50,000 acres to enroll in the HEL CRP program.
Offers will be accepted until either the state allocation limit is reached or September 28, 2012, whichever occurs first.
This initiative is designed for new cropland or CRP acres that expire September 30, 2012 that meet the erosion rate of 20 tons per acre.
Existing grass stands that are not considered expiring CRP will not be considered eligible.
Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.
The payment rate will depend on the county where the land is located and the type of soils on the land offered for enrollment.
Cost-share of up to 50 percent of the cost to establish the conservation cover will be available.
Dependent on the location of the land offered, producers have a number of cover options including:
--Wildlife cover mixes
--And trees, if suitable
FSA will use the NRCS soil survey data along with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to identify which lands on a given farm are eligible.
The land offered must also be cropland that meets all of the following stipulations:
--Planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity 4 of the previous 6 crops years from 2002 to 2007
--Physically & legally capable of being planted in a normal manner to an ag commodity and
--Have a weighted average Erodibility Index of 20 or greater.
For a producer to be eligible for CRP continuous sign-up enrollment, he or she must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to submitting the offer unless the land was either:
--acquired through foreclosure in accordance with state law
--circumstances of the acquisition present adequate assurance to FSA that the new owner did not acquire the land for the purpose of putting it in CRP.
New CRP contracts approved during this continuous sign-up initiative will become effective the first day of the month following the month of approval and are effective for ten years.
CRP contracts set to expire on September 30, 2012 may be offered for consideration and approved contracts can become effective October 1, 2012 and are also effective for ten years.
For more information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.
Producers with farms enrolled in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program who:
--Planted more than one crop on an ACRE farm and;
--Planted 118% or more of their base acres
may designate which crop they wish to be paid on in the event an ACRE payment is available for 2012.
If an ACRE participant in this situation does not make a designation, payment acres will be prorated between each eligible crop.
This designation must be completed by September 30, 2012.