On Friday, January 28, USDA announced that a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up will be held from March 14-April 14, 2011. This is the 40th general sign-up for the CRP and the second since 2006. The last general sign-up was held last year, and enrolled over 4 million acres across the country. Under a CRP general sign-up, FSA collects and ranks offers from farmers to enroll highly erodible and environmentally sensitive land in the program. The land is taken out of production and long-term, resource conserving cover vegetation is established to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality, and enhance wildlife habitat. Contracts awarded under this signup will become effective Oct. 1, 2011. Read more from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition ... or See the USDA Press Release.