USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending June 14. In addition to general sign-up, the Secretary also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives. Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through Sept. 30, 2013. Producers enrolled in CRP plant cover crops and take other measures to improve water quality, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, the USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. You can read the full USDA press release here. To learn more about the CRP visit a local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov. And be sure to visit our recent blog post announcing webinars about the CRP.