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Grassland Reserve Program Sign-Up Deadline Announced

 
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02.03.2012
Grassland Reserve Program Sign-Up Deadline Announced

Interested Landowners and Operators Urged to Visit NRCS or FSA Offices by February 17

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Kevin Norton announced this week that
February 17, 2012, is the deadline for accepting applications to be considered in the first evaluation period of 2012 for the Grassland Reserve Program.

The Grassland Reserve Program helps landowners and operators restore and protect grasslands, rangelands, shrublands, and pastureland while maintaining the land as grazing lands.  The Grassland Reserve Program will conserve vulnerable grasslands from conversion to cropland or other uses and conserve valuable grasslands by helping maintain viable ranching operations.

“Grasslands play a key role in environmental quality while providing forage for livestock and wildlife,” said Norton.  “Grasslands impact water quality by reducing sediment in streams and bayous, and they protect the soil from water and wind erosion.”

“I encourage any landowners who may be interested in the Grassland Reserve Program to visit our offices as soon as possible,” said Willie Cooper, State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.  “We accept applications year round, but the first application evaluation period ends on February 17.”

Applications are accepted year-round for the Grassland Reserve Program; however to be considered for the first evaluation period of 2012, applications must be received by February 17, 2012.

To find out more about the Grassland Reserve Program, contact your local USDA Service Center--Natural Resources Conservation Service  or Farm Service Agency--or visit the NRCS web site at:  http://www.la.nrcs.usda.gov.

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The Grassland Reserve Program offers several enrollment options, including permanent easements and 10, 15, or 20-year rental agreements.  All options allow for grazing practices that maintain the land’s viability in addition to haying, mowing, harvesting seed production, fire rehabilitation, and construction of fire breaks and fences.

The Grassland Reserve Program was reauthorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered jointly by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service.

To find out more about the Grassland Reserve Program, contact your local USDA Service Center--Natural Resources Conservation Service or Farm Service Agency--or visit the NRCS web site at:  http://www.la.nrcs.usda.gov.


For more information on the Grassland Reserve Program, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil and Water Conservation Districts, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.
 

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USDA believes every farmer and rancher should be treated equally and fairly, and we are committed to resolving all cases involving allegations of past discrimination by individuals.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Claims Adjudication Process
If you believe that USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because you are a female or because you are Hispanic, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.  To request a claims package by telephone, call 1-888-508-4429.  To request a claims package online, please visit
www.farmerclaims.gov

Native American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Keepseagle v. Vilsack)
If you are a Native American who was denied a farm loan or loan servicing by the USDA between January 1, 1981, and November 24, 1999, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement.  To request a claims package by telephone, call:  1-888-233-5506.  To request a claims package online, or for more information, please visit: 
www.indianfarmclass.com

African American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Pigford II)
If you are an African American farmer (a) who submitted a request to file a late claim on or between October 13, 1999, and June 18, 2008, under the 1999 USDA settlement in the earlier class action known as Pigford v. Glickman ("Pigford") and (b) who did not receive a merits determination on your discrimination claim, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement.  To hear information by telephone, call 1-866-950-5547 or 1-866-472-7826.  To find information online, please visit: 
www.blackfarmercase.com

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To find out more about this conservation opportunity and more, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:  Office Locator