USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until the close of business on Friday, Aug. 27, to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up.

Applications can be completed by landowners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment at up to 32 million acres.

In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30 may elect to re-enroll under a new 10- to 15-year contract. Cropland that is highly erodible, within a national or state Conservation Priority Area or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

Contracts awarded under this 39th sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1 this year. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program is ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land.

For more information on the general or continuous CRP sign-up, contact your FSA county office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.