The sign up deadline for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign up 43 has been extended to April 13, 2012.
"This extension will give eligible producers an additional week to make this important decision to submit an offer for enrollment in CRP," Julia Wickard, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) said. "During this time, Indiana producers may offer existing CRP acreage expiring Sept. 30, 2012, as well as new acreage with conservation concerns."
After the CRP general sign up ends on April 13, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI). The EBI takes into consideration variables such as wildlife habitat, water quality protection, soil erosion reduction, air quality protection and other enduring benefits. Accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1, 2012.