The Press Newspaper
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reduced some rates for property owners participating in the Conservation Reserve Program.
W. Todd Warner, Executive Director of the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency, said the lower rates went into effect last month.
Under the CRP, growers are paid an annual rental payment that is based on the soil type and a maintenance incentive rate for land taken out of production and converted to filter strips, wildlife habitat, grasslands, or other conservation practice.
In the past, Warner said, most maintenance practices had an incentive rate of $4 per acre a year. Under the new policy, the incentive rates were lowered to $2 per acre annually for most CRP practices.
To date, Sandusky County has more than 3,300 acres devoted to the CRP, making it the fourth largest land use of cropland in the county, following soybeans, corn, and wheat, said Warner.
For information about CRP or other Farm Service Agency programs visit fsa.usda.gov/pas/.
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