Sensitive areas may remain in program another 10 to 15 years

PRATT -- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA), 1.7 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres will expire in Kansas over the next four years. Cooperators still have the opportunity to maintain difficult-to-farm areas with continuous practices once their contracts expire.

Wash and drainage areas, terrace tops, playa lakes, creek and stream borders, rocky spots, poor soils, and other hard-to-farm areas can be maintained in CRP another 10 to 15 years, according to the FSA. Land enrolled in continuous practices may also be eligible for signup incentive payments, annual rental payments, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) payments.

Interested farmers should contact the nearest FSA office for more details. For WIHA participation, contact the nearest KDWP office.