USDA offers CRP program flexibilties

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From staff reports

Producers who take part in the Conservation Reserve Program will have the option to hay, graze, begin land preparation activities, and plant fall crops if they are in the final year of a CRP contract and before Oct. 1, 2022. This is a one-time voluntary termination that will not require producers to repay rental payments and requests can be made after the primary nesting season for the fiscal year 2022. For colder areas of the country, producers will be able to prepare land for spring planting. 

This flexibility option is an effort to help with supply challenges caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says that producers are telling them they want to help respond to the concerns regarding global food shortages. FSA will send out letters to producers with expiring contracts that will include details on what CRP flexibility is available to them

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