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FARM SERVICE AGENCY. Conservation Reserve Program. OVERVIEW. Goals History Agencies involved with CRP Eligibility Criteria Compliance & Eligibility Roles Getting ready for next signup Where we are today. CRP GOALS. Conserve and improve our nation’s natural resource base

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Farm service agency

FARM SERVICE AGENCY

Conservation Reserve Program


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Goals

  • History

  • Agencies involved with CRP

  • Eligibility Criteria

  • Compliance & Eligibility Roles

  • Getting ready for next signup

  • Where we are today


Crp goals

CRP GOALS

  • Conserve and improve our nation’s natural resource base

  • Protect soil, water, and wildlife resources

  • Improve and preserve water quality

  • Enhance fish and wildlife habitat

  • Increase enrollment in high priority continuous practices


Crp history

CRP HISTORY

  • Conceived originally as a Land Idling, Acreage Reduction, Soil Conservation Program

  • Concept began during the Soil Bank ERA

  • Re-established by Congress in 1985

  • Now, the nation’s largest, premier program for protecting natural resources and enhancing our environment

  • Offers annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to eligible producers that establish perennial covers to:

    - reduce soil erosion

    - improve water quality

    - enhance wildlife habitat


Agencies involved with crp

AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH CRP

  • State and Federal Agencies:

    • Kansas Conservation Commission

    • Conservation Districts

    • Forest Service

    • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)


Fsa nrcs role in crp

FSA/NRCS ROLE IN CRP

  • FSA has administrative responsibility for CRP

    • State Committee supervises the county committee

    • County Committee supervises county offices of day to day operations

  • NRCS provides technical support for CRP

    • Conservation planning

    • Technical specifications for practice installation

    • Evaluating soil payment rates

    • Cost-Share policies

    • And other requirements


Responsibilities of other agencies

RESPONSIBILITIES OF OTHER AGENCIES

  • Technical Support Provider (TSP) assist county offices in technical aspects such as:

    • Identifying soil types for calculating maximum payment rates for continuous signup

    • Developing and certifying an approved conservation plan

  • Forest Service through the TSP develops the tree planting plans

  • Conservation Districts approve conservation plans

  • Conservation Commission

  • Extension Service – Information & Education


Overview eligibility criteria

OVERVIEW ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Producer Eligibility

  • Land Eligibility

  • Practice Eligibility


Producer eligibility

General

Own land 12 months before the close of signup for general signup offers

Acquired the land by will or succession

Acquired the land under circumstances other than for placement in CRP, as determined by DAFP

Continuous

Producer eligibility requirements are the same as general

Owned land for 12 months before submitting the offer

PRODUCER ELIGIBILITY


Land eligibility cropland

General

Planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity during 4 of the 6 crop years from 1996 through 2001

Physically & legally capable of being planted in a normal manner to an agricultural commodity, as determined by COC

Continuous

Has to meet the general requirements

Exception: The land that is enrolled in CRP as marginal pastureland does not have to meet the definition of cropland

LAND ELIGIBILITYCROPLAND


Land eligibility cont

General

Erodibility

Expiring CRP

Conservation Priority Areas (CPA)

WBP Acres

Continuous

Practice offered is eligible practice for continuous

Practice and acreage offered meet the program policy and size requirements for the practice

LAND ELIGIBILITY Cont.


Practice eligibility general and continuous signups

It must meet the purpose for the practice spelled out in the practice specifications

Example: CP21 Filter Strips; the purpose for this practice is to remove nutrients, sediment, organic matter, pesticides, and other pollutants from surface runoff and subsurface flow.

Installing this practice in situations where the balance of the field is seeded to perennial cover would not meet the purpose of this practice.

PRACTICE ELIGIBILITY-General and Continuous Signups-


Compliance eligibility roles

COMPLIANCE & ELIGIBILITY ROLES

  • Compliance—agree to terms and conditions of contracts

  • Eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for U.S.D.A. programs


Compliance eligibility roles cont

COMPLIANCE & ELIGIBILITY ROLES Cont.

  • Eligibility requirements include:

    • Adjusted gross income

    • Payment Limitation

      • Person determination

      • Actively engaged determination

    • Conservation Compliance

      • Highly Erodable Land Compliance (HELC)

      • Wetland Compliance (WC)

      • All other programs


Getting ready for next general signup

GETTING READY FOR NEXT GENERAL SIGNUP

  • The next sign up will be in 2004

  • CPA Review

  • County cropland limitation

  • Soil rental rate review


Environmental benefits index

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS INDEX

  • Applies only to General Signups

  • Offers for CRP sign-up 29 will be ranked according to the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI)

  • FSA collects data for each of the EBI factors based on the relative environmental benefits for the land offered

  • EBI rankings are unique for each piece of ground offered into CRP

  • Each offer is assigned a point score based on its relative environmental factors and competes with all other offers


Environmental benefits index cont

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS INDEX Cont.

  • EBI factors

    • Wildlife

    • Water Quality

    • Erosion

    • Enduring Benefits

    • Air Quality

    • Cost


Ccrp signup

CCRP SIGNUP

  • Continuous—Signup 28—Began 10/1/03

  • High Priority Practices—small acreage

    --significant Environmental

    Benefits

  • Water Quality

  • Incentives—SIP, PIP, 20%-10%

  • Partner with governors Water Quality Initiative buffer—KS Conservation Commission


Ccrp status kansas totals

CCRP STATUSKANSAS TOTALS

  • Continuous Grass Buffer Strips 5,074 acres

  • Filter Strip Buffers 22,088 acres

  • Riparian Buffers 4,329 acres

  • Grass Waterways 6,617 acres


Where we are today in kansas

WHERE WE ARE TODAYIN KANSAS

  • There are currently

    • 2,842,179.5 acres enrolled

    • 40,569 contracts

  • Practices

    • General Signup CP1 & CP2

    • More & more focus on continuous signup


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