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Published June 01, 2012, 12:00 AM

ND registers about 200,000 CRP acres

The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under the Farm Service Agency’s 43rd Conservation Reserve Program general signup, including 190,000 acres in North Dakota.

By: The Dickinson Press, The Dickinson Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under the Farm Service Agency’s 43rd Conservation Reserve Program general signup, including 190,000 acres in North Dakota.

USDA selected offers for enrollment based on an Environmental Benefits Index comprised of five environmental factors plus cost. The five include: wildlife enhancement, water quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits and air quality.

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, according to a press release. The two continuous signup initiatives announced earlier this year will target an additional 1.75 million acres nationwide.

As of April, 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.

Accepted offers and acreage are as follows:

Adams County — 79 offers accepted, 8,522 total acres

Billings County — four offers accepted, 956 total acres

Bowman County — 29 offers accepted, 4,855 total acres

Dunn County — 14 offers accepted, 1,407 total acres

Golden Valley County — 34 offers accepted, 5,692 total acres

Hettinger County — 94 offers accepted, 11,277 total acres

McKenzie County — three offers accepted, 254 total acres

Morton County — 19 offers accepted, 1,198 total acres

Slope County — 13 offers accepted, 1,391 total acres

Stark County — 50 offers accepted, 6,265 total acres

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