General enrollment for the Conservation Reserve Program began at the first of the month and continues into February.
USDA Farm Service Agent Michael Westerman says December also marks the 30thanniversary of the CRP.
“It is a Federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the costs of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees,” Westerman said, “and to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.”
As of Sept., 24 million acres had been enrolled in the program.
“The CRP is also protecting more than 173,000 stream miles with repairing forest and grass buffers,” Westerman said. “Enough to go around the world seven times.”