Upland bird hunters wondering how many CRP acres will be available in the coming years will be watching the latest round of CRP sign-ups.

From this story in the Lubbock Journal:
Farmers and ranchers may start signing up for USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program at the beginning of next month.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that the general CRP sign-up kicks off Aug. 2 and continues through Aug. 27, according to a USDA press release.
CRP is a voluntary program where producers can set aside acres of their land outside agriculture production to prevent erosion and preserve natural resources.

Interested producers are asked to contact their county Farm Service Agency office to offer their eligible CRP land for the sign-up.

Land that is not currently in CRP may be eligible, and acres expiring from the program this fall will have to make new contracts. Contracts are expected to become effective Oct. 1.

FSA will determine what eligible offers will be enrolled into CRP using an Environmental Benefits Index. EBI considers wildlife, water, soil, air, enduring benefits and cost when evaluating how valuable and environmentally-sensitive the offered land is.

For more information, visit the FSA website.