How to Enroll in General CRP for 2020

As of December 9, 2019, enrollment for both CRP and Continuous CRP (CCRP) reopened, allowing farmers and landowners to submit applications to either join or reenroll in these programs.  

If you’re interested in CRP, but you’ve never tried to enroll before, you might be wondering what you do next. The truth is, it varies a little bit depending on which program you’re enrolling in.  

This week, we’ll be focusing on general CRP enrollment. Make sure to check for next weeks post regarding CCRP enrollment for 2020. 

Enrolling in General CRP 

General CRP operates under a bidding system. That means when you apply, you submit an offer. This offer is then ranked against other offers nationwide.  

Your ranking is determined by the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) based on the following factors: 

  • Wildlife habitat benefits  
  • Water quality benefits  
  • On-farm soil-retention benefits  
  • Benefits that will likely endure beyond the contract period  
  • Air quality benefits  
  • Cost 

The better your score, the more likely your bid will be accepted. The conservation practice you choose will also have an impact on your overall score, so you’ll want to choose carefully. Enrollment in general CRP ends February 28, 2020, so you should act quickly if you’re planning to enroll. 

If you’re accepted, your contract will become effective on October 1, 2020. 

Getting Started with CRP 

Though CRP is a great way to earn money from marginal cropland while restoring its health, the enrollment and establishment process can be difficult for people new to the program. There’s a fair amount of paperwork and decision making just to enroll, and once you’re accepted, everything needs to be properly documented and submitted to FSA to receive cost-share reimbursement and be in compliance with your CRP contract. 

Additionally, CRP seed needs to be purchased and special equipment is needed to plant it. 

That’s why at FDCE, we offer a turn-key solution to handle CRP from start to finish. Whether you’re establishing native grasses or pollinator habitat, we make it simple to enroll and successfully establish your CRP. We also know how to properly track and document everything, so you receive maximum reimbursement as soon as possible. 

If you’re ready to enroll, or you simply need some guidance in choosing the right CRP option for you, FDCE is here for you. Contact us today.