Conservation Reserve Program Closed: On Hold Until New Farm Bill
Many of you are already aware that the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP and CREP) was only authorized through Fiscal Year 2018. As of September 28, 2018, it has been closed across the country and not likely to re-open until there is a new Farm Bill.
Here is the Farm Service Agency notice: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_Notice/crp_860.pdf
This unfortunate development will make it even more difficult to meet our Water Quality and Buffer Outcome goals. It underscores the need to have other buffer programs in place, and the need for more consistent federal cost-share for on-farm conservation.