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NRCS and FSA Announces Sign-Up Deadline for Grassland Reserve Program

 

Cutoff Date for Applications Extended to May 10, 2013

Little Rock, AR, April 16, 2013 — Doris Washington, acting state conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arkansas, and Linda Newkirk, state executive director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Arkansas, announced the deadline for Arkansas landowners to submit applications for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) has been extended to May 10, 2013.  Although applications may be taken at any time, only those applications submitted by May 10, 2013, will be evaluated and ranked for consideration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 program.

GRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands on their property through permanent easements or rental contracts (10-, 15-, or 20-year).  For the FY 2013 program, priority will be given to enrolling land in easements.

The program emphasizes preservation of native and natural grasslands and scrublands that support grazing operations, plant and animal biodiversity; and protection of grassland that is under multiple threats of conversion to other land uses.

Land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is also eligible for enrollment in GRP.

For more information about GRP, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture, or your local conservation district.  Information is also available at www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/grp.html.