LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering added incentives for landowners that sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Applying for CRP can be done until February 12. Landowners can enroll in continuous CRP practices through October 1.
For those that apply, a local Farm Service Agency (FSA) will make rental payments. Crops must have been planted four out of six years from 2012 – 2017 to be eligible. Those already enrolled in the program that expires September 30 can re-enroll this year.
The CRP program strengthens wildlife habitats, improves water quality, and helps control soil erosion. This is apart of the Game and Park’s Berggren Plan, which is designed to improve pheasant hunting in the state. If owning land in certain hunting areas, the CRP program would deliver extra incentives.
CRP contracts can run from 10 – 15 years. Game and Parks will begin accepting offers on October 1.
For those interesting in enrolling, contact the nearest USDA Service Center. Office locations can be found at www.outdoornebraska.org/locations.