General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program began Aug. 30 and will run through Sept. 24.
"CRP is the country's largest conservation program on private lands with 329,929 acres in Kentucky under contract," said Jeffrey S. Hall, Kentucky State FSA executive director.
CRP protects fragile cropland from erosion and improves the nation's natural resources by reducing water runoff and sedimentation, theprogram safeguards surface water and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Acreage enrolled in CRP is devoted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to more abundant wildlife populations.
CRP participants voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive landfrom agricultural production by entering into long-term contracts for 10 to 15 years In exchange, participants receive annual rentalpayments and a payment of up to 50 percent of the cost of establishingconservation practices.