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									 FARM SERVICE AGENCY
Conservation Reserve Program
OVERVIEW
    ?   Goals
    ?   History
    ?   Agencies involved
        with CRP
    ?   Eligibility Criteria
    ?   Compliance &
        Eligibility Roles
    ?   Getting ready for next
        signup
    ?   Where we are today
                  CRP GOALS
?   Conserve and improve our nation’s
    natural resource base
?   Protect soil, water, and wildlife
    resources
?   Improve and preserve water quality
?   Enhance fish and wildlife habitat
?   Increase enrollment in high priority
    continuous practices
               CRP HISTORY
?   Conceived originally as a Land Idling, Acreage
    Reduction, Soil Conservation Program
?   Concept began during the Soil Bank ERA
?   Re-established by Congress in 1985
?   Now, the nation’s largest, premier program for
    protecting natural resources and enhancing our
    environment
?   Offers annual rental payments and cost -share
    assistance to eligible producers that establish
    perennial covers to:
          - reduce soil erosion
          - improve water quality
          - enhance wildlife habitat
    AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH CRP

?   State and Federal Agencies:
    1. Kansas Conservation Commission
    2. Conservation Districts

    3. Forest Service

    4. Natural Resource Conservation Service
       (NRCS)
          FSA/NRCS ROLE IN CRP
?   FSA has administrative responsibility for CRP
    ?   State Committee supervises the county committee
    ?   County Committee supervises county offices of day to
        day operations
?   NRCS provides technical support for CRP
    ?   Conservation planning
    ?   Technical specifications for practice installation
    ?   Evaluating soil payment rates
    ?   Cost-Share policies
    ?   And other requirements
     RESPONSIBILITIES OF OTHER
             AGENCIES
?   Technical Support Provider (TSP) assist county offices in
    technical aspects such as:
    ?   Identifying soil types for calculating maximum payment rates for
        continuous signup
    ?   Developing and certifying an approved conservation plan
?   Forest Service through the TSP develops the tree
    planting plans
?   Conservation Districts approve conservation plans
?   Conservation Commission
?   Extension Service – Information & Education
                OVERVIEW
           ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
?   Producer Eligibility
?   Land Eligibility
?   Practice Eligibility
          PRODUCER ELIGIBILITY
?   General                            ?   Continuous
        Own land 12 months
    ?
                                           ?   Producer eligibility
        before the close of signup
        for general signup offers              requirements are the
    ?   Acquired the land by will or           same as general
        succession                         ?   Owned land for 12
    ?   Acquired the land under                months before
        circumstances other than               submitting the offer
        for placement in CRP, as
        determined by DAFP
                    LAND ELIGIBILITY
                       CROPLAND
?   General                               ?   Continuous
    ?   Planted or considered planted         ?   Has to meet the general
        to an agricultural commodity              requirements
        during 4 of the 6 crop years          ?   Exception: The land that is
        from 1996 through 2001                    enrolled in CRP as marginal
    ?   Physically & legally capable of           pastureland does not have to
        being planted in a normal                 meet the definition of
        manner to an agricultural                 cropland
        commodity, as determined by
        COC
         LAND ELIGIBILITY Cont.
?   General                     ?   Continuous
    ?   Erodibility                 ?   Practice offered is
    ?   Expiring CRP                    eligible practice for
                                        continuous
    ?   Conservation Priority
        Areas (CPA)                 ?   Practice and acreage
    ?   WBP Acres                       offered meet the
                                        program policy and
                                        size requirements for
                                        the practice
           PRACTICE ELIGIBILITY
      -General and Continuous Signups-
?   It must meet the purpose for the practice spelled out in the
    practice specifications

?   Example: CP21 Filter Strips; the purpose for this practice is to
    remove nutrients, sediment, organic matter, pesticides, and
    other pollutants from surface runoff and subsurface flow.
    Installing this practice in situations where the balance of the
    field is seeded to perennial cover would not meet
    the purpose of this practice.
      COMPLIANCE & ELIGIBILITY
              ROLES
?   Compliance— agree to
    terms and conditions of
    contracts
?   Eligibility requirements
    must be met in order
    to qualify for U.S.D.A.
    programs
        COMPLIANCE & ELIGIBILITY
              ROLES Cont.
?   Eligibility requirements include:
    ?   Adjusted gross income
    ?   Payment Limitation
         ?   Person determination
         ?   Actively engaged determination
    ?   Conservation Compliance
         ?   Highly Erodable Land Compliance
             (HELC)
         ?   Wetland Compliance (WC)
         ?   All other programs
GETTING READY FOR NEXT
    GENERAL SIGNUP
           ?   The next sign up will
               be in 2004
           ?   CPA Review
           ?   County cropland
               limitation
           ?   Soil rental rate review
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS INDEX

?   Applies only to General Signups

?   Offers for CRP sign-up 29 will be ranked according to the
    Environmental Benefits Index (EBI)

?   FSA collects data for each of the EBI factors based on the relative
    environmental benefits for the land offered

?   EBI rankings are unique for each piece of ground offered into CRP

?   Each offer is assigned a point score based on its relative
    environmental factors and competes with all other offers
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS INDEX
           Cont.
              ?   EBI factors
                  1.   Wildlife
                  2.   Water Quality
                  3.   Erosion
                  4.   Enduring Benefits
                  5.   Air Quality
                  6.   Cost
                CCRP SIGNUP
?   Continuous—Signup 28—Began 10/1/03
?   High Priority Practices—small acreage
                           --significant Environmental
                             Benefits
?   Water Quality
?   Incentives—SIP, PIP, 20%-10%
?   Partner with governors Water Quality Initiative
    buffer—KS Conservation Commission
               CCRP STATUS
              KANSAS TOTALS


?   Continuous Grass Buffer Strips    5,074   acres
?   Filter Strip Buffers             22,088   acres
?   Riparian Buffers                  4,329   acres
?   Grass Waterways                   6,617   acres
            WHERE WE ARE TODAY
                IN KANSAS
?   There are currently
    ?    2,842,179.5 acres enrolled
    ?   40,569 contracts
?   Practices
    ?   General Signup CP1 & CP2
    ?   More & more focus on
        continuous signup
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