CRP Acres Available to Benefit Grassland Birds
Posted: 10/04/2011
An estimated 3,300 acres is being accepted into the popular Conservation Reserve Program State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) (CP38) Gaining Ground for Wildlife project designed to restore native grasslands, wetlands and develop food plots where they will be most beneficial. 

“With such a limited number of acres available for the sign up, landowners should act soon if they want to get in,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Landowners should visit their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office or contact the Iowa DNR wildlife bureau for detailed information.  Contact the Farm Service Agency to enroll.

The rental rate payment schedule is based on maximum soil rental rate established for the three predominant soils.  Contracts run 10 to 15 years. 

The standard FSA 50 percent cost chare, 40 percent practice incentive payment to establish the practice, and a signing incentive payment of $100 per enrolled acre are authorized for eligible contracts.   Iowa's SAFE is targeted around our public wildlife areas to benefit grassland birds both songbirds, and upland game birds.

Land that is eligible was cropped or considered cropped four out of the six years from 2002 to 2007. Eligible cropland includes row crops, small grains and forage crops. Targeted portions of all Iowa counties, except Allamakee and Clayton, are eligible to participate. 

More information is available at www.fsa.usda.gov and http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WildlifeLandownerAssistance/FinancialAssistance.aspx