CRP Contract Re-Enrollment/Extensions
September 30, 2005
September 30, 2005 -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says farmers and ranchers can re-enroll or extend their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts expiring in 2007 through 2010.
To determine who might be able to re-enroll or extend their CRP contract, USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will use the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that was in place when the contracts were first written.
The EBI scores are based on a 100 percentile that is divided into five ranking tiers. In the first tier, CRP producers ranking in the top 20 percent of the EBI can re-enroll their land in new contracts and farmers and ranchers with wetlands in this ranking can receive contract terms of 10- to 15-years.
CRP producers ranking within the second tier, between the 61-80 percent, can extend their contracts for five years; third tier rankings, 41-60 percent, can extend their CRP contracts by four years; fourth tier, between 21-40 percent, can receive three-year extensions; and fifth tier rankings can extend their contracts by two years.
In spring 2006, FSA will write to CRP producers with contracts expiring Sept. 30, 2007, to discuss whether those contracts are eligible for re-enrollment or extension. Fifteen-year contracts expiring Sept. 30, 2007, are not eligible for re-enrollment or extension.