USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up

Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation

Buffalo, Missouri –-(  “We have been watching the Farm Bill closely at QUWF and have the latest news” states Nick Prough, Chief Biologist for QUWF.

From WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012—Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6.

CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

“It is USDA's goal to ensure that we use CRP to address our most critical resource issues,” said Scuse. “CRP is an important program for protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion and sedimentation, and for ensuring the sustainability of our groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. As always, we expect strong competition to enroll acres into CRP, and we urge interested producers to maximize their environmental benefits and to make cost-effective offers.”

CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.

“Programs for wildlife are critical for the resource, and the Farm Bill provides private landowners many programs to enhance areas of their lands for wildlife. Sign up by landowners we hope, will be a top priority and they act very quickly to enroll and maintain the acres needed to preserve many species of upland game across the country” states Craig Alderman, QUWF Director.

Recently many landowners are considering taking marginal lands out of the CRP programs to maximize crop production as prices increase and the land use becomes more valuable, a critical danger for wildlife.

Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organization, was formed to serve its members and chapters nationwide, providing a strong local source of habitat focus on quail and upland wildlife and population recovery. Millions of dollars of habitat work have been completed by its members over the years on thousands of acres of both private and public lands, now that work continues with a renewed vitality. Our chapters from coast to coast, provide the grass roots, local habitat work that is making a difference each and every day. For more information or to join QUWF please visit our website at

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