USDA has announced additional flexibility for landowners who are in the final year of their Conservation Reserve Program contract. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says the request must be made in writing through the local FSA office. “We’re going to allow producers to voluntarily terminate their CRP contract and handle field preparation with no penalty after the primary nesting season. “The primary nesting season ends August 1 in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Four million CRP acres are scheduled to expire this year. North Dakota and South Dakota are ranked fifth and sixth respectively for enrollment in CRP. “We are trying to help our producers understand that there are some flexibilities there and we want to continue to put them in a position to take advantage of some of the crop prices that we’ve got right now, and to try to realize some of the benefits while helping out with the global food supply.” In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Ducheneaux said the agency has started to mail applications for the new Emergency Relief Program. With the streamlined process, the FSA administrator expects payments to go out next month.
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