Working-Lands Conservation: Grassland CRP Signup Deadline

CRP Grassland Signup deadline

What if you could keep on grazing or haying your range and pasture land – but get Uncle Sam to pay you for the conservation value of those management practices? It turns out that you can – and the signup deadline is coming up soon!

The signup deadline for the Grassland CRP is June 28. It’s part of the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), but there are a couple of key differences.

While the general CRP pays farmers to take cropland out of production, the Grassland CRP works with acreage that is currently being grazed.

Producers commit to maintain grassy cover and keep the land free of noxious and invasive plants. Most grazing and haying is still allowed, under the terms of a conservation plan that’s worked out with NRCS at signup time.

There’s even the possibility of cost-share support for certain practices, including permanent cross-fencing, water facilities, and prescribed burning.

Grassland CRP already enjoys high popularity in Oklahoma, and nationwide, which led Congress to renew funding for it in this year’s extension of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Over the past three years, we have seen historic interest in the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program, with producers signing up to conserve over 6.8 million acres,” said Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux.

“This has proven that agricultural productivity and conservation priorities are not exclusive from one another, but can coexist and, more importantly, complement and enhance one another.”

To sign up, visit or call your local USDA Service Center, which can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/working-with-us/service-center-locator, and start the process of determining whether your acreage is eligible.

For more information, read the press release, visit the Grassland CRP webpage, or read this fact sheet.

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