Sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, begins Monday. Marion County FSA Director Angie Vos says that CRP gives area farmers a chance to rest cropland without taking a financial hit. During the long-term program, farmers plant long-term covers to control soil erosion and water and air quality, as well as develop wildlife habitat.
Jeff Mathias, with the NCRS, says that certain types of land are better used for this program than others. In particular, he notes, this program is well-suited for highly erodible cropland found throughout much of Marion County.
The sign-up is for those interested in starting with the program during the 2013 crop year. For information, contact the Marion County FSA.