Sign-up for the Grassland Reserve Program Today!

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of funding for the Grassland Reserve Program. This program falls under the 2008 Farm Bill and authorizes almost $16 million to Oklahoma in 10, 15 and 20 year contracts.
“GRP is a voluntary program that helps protect valuable grasslands from conversion to other land uses, thus helping to ensure this national resource is available to future generations,” said Kenneth Hitch. “Enrollment of land in GRP will have a positive economic impact on the country and improve environmental quality by preventing the conversion of grassland to other uses, including crop production and urban development.”
The Grassland Reserve Program helps landowners restore, protect and rehabilitate grassland, rangeland, pastureland, shrubland and other specific lands. The preservation of these lands are necessary for forage of domestic livestock and habitat for natural wildlife.
The criteria taken into consideration will include: grazing operations, protection of eligible acres under the highest threat of conversion to uses other than grazing lands, expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, plant and animal biodiversity, and offers from eligible entities (who wish to partner in the acquisition of GRP easements). Those interested should check that they are eligible at their local NRCS or FSA office.
The first cut-off date for 2009 is May 15.
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