DES MOINES — John R. Whitaker, state executive director for USDA’s Iowa Farm Service Agency, announced that new soil rental rates are now being used for the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program. Maximum CRP rental rates are calculated using the three predominant soil types that make up the offered area. A weighted average of the individual rates associated with each soil type determines the overall rental payment per acre. Most soil rates have increased throughout the state.
These new rates are in affect for the 45th general CRP sign-up, which began on May 20 and continues through June 14 as well as for the continuous CRP that continues through Sept. 30. CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. CRP helps protect groundwater by reducing water runoff, sedimentation, and is a major contributor to increases in wildlife. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term resource-conserving cover in exchange for the rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance.
For more information on the Conservation Reserve Program and other programs administered by FSA, contact your local FSA office or the website at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia.