FSA Andy for August 21, 2008


Hello again!
It is with a little sadness that I will sit back and watch as the 2008-09 school year begins.

In September of 1996, that big yellow bus pulled up in front of our house and my little 5-year-old boarded the bus for her first day of kindergarten. This was a brave little soul as she didn’t want mom to take her to school or meet her at the school to take her to class.

She wanted to be Little Miss Independent and do it all on her on.

This year that same little girl will hop into her little silver Sunfire and drive off for her last year of high school.

Yes it seems like only yesterday!

Participants in the Conservation Reserve Program probably feel like it was only yesterday they enrolled their land into the program.

In reality, for some producers it was 10 years ago. CRP contracts expiring Sept. 30 may be eligible to be re-enrolled with a new 10- to 15-year contract, provided the current contract scheduled to expire in September is in full compliance.

If re-enrolled, the new continuous sign-up contract would begin Oct. 1.

All re-enrolled continuous sign-up CRP contracts will require new conservation plans to be developed. Other provisions may also apply.

Please note that after the expiration of a CRP contract that had been devoted to trees, the acreage will no longer be considered cropland and may become ineligible for CRP or other farm programs.

However, this provision does not apply for acreage immediately re-enrolled into a new contract without any intervening period of time.

If you are interested in re-enrolling your expiring CRP acreage, county office staff can help you determine which continuous CRP or CREP practices can work on your expiring acres.

Contact your administrative county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible to ensure your contract is approved by Sept. 30.

That’s all for now,
FSA Andy

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