Conservation Reserve Program

CRP prairie45th General Sign Up: May 20 to June 14, 2013

The 45th Annual Signup has ended, but there is a Continuous CRP Signup to help you put conservation and habitat on your land. Find out more at New this year: Iowa Pheasant Recovery.

You can't have wildlife without the right habitat. And the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, is one way to add habitat to your cropland, while protecting soil and water quality. Find out more about the benefits and details of CRP, including how to maximize your points and make your bid competitive.

The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced a general sign-up that will take place from May 20 through June 14, 2013. Now is the time to consider those spots on your farm that might benefit from CRP. The DNR has biologists and foresters who can help you explore your eligibility, options, seeding mixes and maintenance requirements. They are familiar with funding opportunities and the federal programs. They are available as a sounding board to help you find the best solution for your operation and concerns. Contact the nearest DNR wildlife biologist or forester now.

Choosing to plant more wildlife-friendly native prairie or trees is the best way for landowners to give themselves a competitive edge in the CRP bidding process. Talk to a DNR biologist or forester for more information about what you can do to increase the chances of your CRP bid being accepted.


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Find out what other farmers are saying about CRP:

Jody and Jim Kerns, Delaware County

Jack Ames, Clarke County

Dave Hansen, Cerro Gordo County

Larry and Sheila Gould, Keokuk County

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