Nuggets from CRP Signup 45

August 6, 2013 07:56 AM
 



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USDA announced it would accept offers on 1.7 million acres for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting Oct. 1, 2013. The accepted offers came from 1.9 million acres offered during the signup that ran through June 20, with 81 percent of those accepted currently covered by a CRP contract that expires as of Sept. 30, 2013.

The 1.7 million acres accepted into CRP during signup 45 had the following characteristics:

- An average erodibility index of 16.4

-1.4 million acres with an average EI of 8 or greater

- 70,000 acres of rare and declining habitat

- 119,000 acres of trees - all tree categories

- 10,000 acres of pollinator habitat.

Offers with an environmental benefits index (EBI) score of 209 or greater were basically acceptable (maximum EBI is 545 points)

If CRP offers were rejected, county FSA offices must help producers with technical assistance for bringing acreage back into production, conservation compliance provisions, understanding how their offer could have been adjusted to be more competitive and information about enrolling in the Direct and Countercyclical Payment (DCP) program, if applicable.

Also, 27 counties in 11 states are at or near the 25 percent limit on acreage enrolled in CRP:

State

County

Colorado

Weld

Florida

Jefferson

Georgia

Quitman

Georgia

Schley

Idaho

Bannock

Illinois

Johnson

Louisiana

La Salle

Mississippi

Adams

Mississippi

Grenada

Mississippi

Oktibbeha

Mississippi

Panola

Nebraska

Kimball

New Mexico

Curry

New Mexico

Quay

New Mexico

Roosevelt

Oregon

Gilliam

Texas

Briscoe

Texas

Cochran

Texas

Dallam

Texas

Deaf Smith

Texas

Dickens

Texas

Kent

Texas

Lamb

Texas

Midland

Texas

Motley

Texas

Oldham

Texas

Swisher


Comments: CRP remains popular among those participating in the program, evidenced by the high percentage (81%) of contracts accepted that are on acres currently in CRP. Results of signup 45 should mean that less than 2 million acres – 1.827 million – will be exiting the program as of Sept. 30, 2013. Depending on other developments, Oct. 1 could arrive with just over 25 million acres in the CRP compared to the Senate farm bill which proposes a 25 million acre cap and the House which proposes a 24 million acre cap.

 

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