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/.
Tractor safety certification
Ohio State University Extension Sandusky and Ottawa counties, in cooperation with Oak Harbor FFA, will offer tractor safety certification for youths 13 to 16 years old June 17 to 19 at Oak Harbor High School. The training will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 and 18 and from 9 a.m. to noon June 19.
The fee is $30, which includes a manual and lunches. To register or obtain more information, call 419-334-3640.