Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Val Dolcini reminds California landowners, farmers and ranchers that the opportunity to enroll in the 43rd general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ends on Friday, April 6. Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup may enroll at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where their farm records are maintained.

“I strongly encourage all interested producers to contact the county office before the April 6 end of CRP signup,” said Dolcini. “This successful environmental program for farm and ranch lands benefits not only the land, but also the air and water quality and helps improve wildlife habitat.”

CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to protect their environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolling eligible land in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-sharing on habitat improvements and technical assistance.

On Sept. 30, 2012 a segment of current CRP contract acres in California will expire.  Those producers may choose to re-enroll their land or sign up for new acres that qualify for the program.  Contracts range from 10-15 years.  The competitive selection is based on factors such as reducing high erosion factors and enhancing prime habitat for rare wildlife.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA service center or visit FSA’s website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp for additional information.