ST PAUL, MN, June 28, 2013
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) are accepting applications from landowners interested in the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP).
A new round of funding authorizes $47 million to enroll up to 200,000 additional acres into GRP nationwide.
Anyone interested in these voluntary programs should contact their state or local NRCS or FSA office.
Sign-up dates and deadlines vary by state, and applications are accepted throughout the year. Minnesota NRCS and FSA have established a 2-week sign-up beginning July 1st and ending July 17th.
Through the Grassland Reserve Program, landowners and managers apply for conservation easements or rental agreements that support conservation of working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland under threat of conversion to other uses.
“Conservation of working grasslands enhances plant and animal biodiversity while protecting the land,” said NRCS State Conservationist Don Baloun. FSA State Executive Director Debra Crusoe stated, “GRP is a great program for our livestock producers to consider for improving the long-term substantiality of their livestock operations.”
To apply or find out more about GRP eligibility and enrollment options, visit your local USDA Service Center.