USDA Seeking Public Comment on CRP
In 2007 program year, 153,295 acres under CRP contract in Cimarron County will expire. Another 5,034 acres will expire in the following program years. President Bush's directive to offer early re-enrollment and extensions of existing contracts to current CRP participants underscores a commitment to full enrollment of CRP, up to 39.2 million acres nationwide. A request for public comment on various aspects of CRP was published in the Federal Register in early August 2004. Among other issues, USDA is seeking public comment on the following:
• How to manage the large acreage set to expire from CRP;
• How to manage future CRP sign-ups and acreage;
• How to evaluate the program's environmental effectiveness;
• How to better utilize information technology such as Geographic Information Systems that evaluate acreage for enrollment; and
• How to improve CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, through partnerships that better address local environmental issues.
December 8, 2004 is set as the deadline for the Federal Register comments period on CRP. Comments may be submitted one of two ways. Producers with access to the internet can electronically submit their comments using the FSA web site address; or, if you do not have internet access you can submit your comments by mailing them to the following address;
Director, Conservation and Environmental Programs Division (CEPD)
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Room 4714-S 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington DC, 20250-0513
A copy of the Federal Register and the comment questions will be available at the Cimarron County FSA Office. If you have any questions concerning CRP and this article please contact our office at 580-544-2401 or come by the Cimarron County FSA Office at 210 South Cimarron, Boise City.
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