Sign-up for the USDA’s continuous Conservation Reserve Program will be June 3 with a general signup in December. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson isn’t happy about it. He let Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce know during Wednesday’s House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on farm bill conservation programs. At issue is opening up continuous sign-up under existing regulations. Peterson told Fordyce farmers will try to enroll for the continuous, because of higher rental rates. In turn, reducing available acres for the general sign up. Peterson tells the Red River Farm Network he’s been talking with USDA since the hearing. “Their general counsel has since been on the phone with my lawyers. I also talked to Senator Hoeven. Maybe we’ll put a provision in the disaster bill we’re working on to stop them from doing this,” says Peterson. “Some way or another, I’ll make it work out.”
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