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Published May 30, 2012, 04:34 PM

N.D. FSA announces CRP signup 43 results

Fargo, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will accept 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under Farm Service Agency's 43rd Conservation Reserve Program general signup. In North Dakota, 190 thousand acres were accepted into CRP.

By: North Dakota Farm Service Agency, Agweek

Fargo, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will accept 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under Farm Service Agency's 43rd Conservation Reserve Program general signup. In North Dakota, 190 thousand acres were accepted into CRP.

“2,017 out of 3,513 CRP offers were accepted, which is right around 57 percent," North Dakota State Executive Director Aaron Krauter said. "County offices across North Dakota are preparing written notifications to everybody who submitted offers. Please give the offices a few days to process those notification letters and get them in the mail."

CRP is a voluntary program designed to help farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. Eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland throughout the duration of 10 to 15 year contracts.

USDA selected offers for enrollment based on an Environmental Benefits Index comprised of five environmental factors plus cost. The five environmental factors are wildlife enhancement, water quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits and air quality. The minimum selected EBI level for signup 43 was 209.

Enrollment of the new acres will allow USDA to continue important targeting of CRP acres through continuous signup initiatives including those announced earlier this year for highly-erodible land, as well as grasslands and wetlands while also maintaining and enhancing the significant benefits the program has already achieved. The two continuous signup initiatives announced earlier this year will target an additional 1.75 million acres nationwide.

As of April 2012, North Dakota had 2.39 million acres enrolled in CRP. After accounting for the newly accepted contracts, more than 645,000 acres are scheduled to come out of CRP in North Dakota this year.

"We would like to remind those producers whose Signup 43 CRP offers were not accepted that they can explore additional options available to them under the Continuous CRP Signup,” Krauter said.

Here are the county names, total number of offers accepted and total acres accepted:

ADAMS 79 8,521.5

BARNES 63 3,180.5

BENSON 52 3,676.2

BILLINGS 4 955.8

BOTTINEAU 67 5,100.7

BOWMAN 29 4,854.9

BURKE 84 9,007.2

BURLEIGH 52 6,273.2

CASS 36 2,366.3

CAVALIER 22 1,495.1

DICKEY 5 343.7

DIVIDE 56 7,114.4

DUNN 14 1,406.9

EDDY 50 5,257.8

EMMONS 38 3,988.2

FOSTER 13 1,177.4

GOLDEN VALLEY 34 5,692.0

GRAND FORKS 78 3,875.9

GRANT 31 3,736.9

GRIGGS 85 6,866.4

HETTINGER 94 11,277.1

KIDDER 16 2,352.1

LAMOURE 23 991.8

LOGAN 16 1,389.5

McHENRY 84 7,819.0

McINTOSH 12 1,246.9

McKENZIE 3 253.7

McLEAN 99 7,882.4

MERCER 4 721.0

MORTON 19 1,197.6

MOUNTRAIL 44 4,023.8

NELSON 81 8,523.7

OLIVER * *

PEMBINA 40 2,461.2

PIERCE 13 1,174.1

RAMSEY 106 11,979.2

RANSOM 37 1,301.5

RENVILLE 5 283.2

RICHLAND 16 852.5

ROLETTE 10 638.5

SARGENT 12 589.6

SHERIDAN 9 1,200.0

SIOUX 3 184.2

SLOPE 13 1,390.7

STARK 50 6,264.7

STEELE 15 514.0

STUTSMAN 75 8,507.3

TOWNER 32 2,472.5

TRAILL 4 271.0

WALSH 128 9,108.9

WARD 27 3,993.2

WELLS 14 1,599.2

WILLIAMS 20 2,588.9

*Counties with an asterisk have two or less approved offers.

For more information, contact the local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nd or www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation.

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