"Nebraska needs a strong enrollment in this program period to maintain the environmental benefits we have built in past years under the CRP," said Steinkruger. The general sign-up will run through Aug. 27. Both Pheasants Forever and Quails Forever said the CRP sign-up is important to growing the state's hunting industry. The new general CRP sign-up will be the first since 2006, and landowner demand is expected to be strong, especially considering the USDA has updated soil rental rates since that last general sign-up._
"CRP continues to be a good option for producers to ensure income on the tough-to-farm and lowest producing acres," said Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's Vice President of Government Affairs, "This general sign-up's 4 million-plus acre nationwide allotment is likely to fill up quickly, so it's critical that landowners get into their local USDA service centers immediately to examine CRP options on their land." The new CRP general sign-up arrives in time to address the 4.4 million acres of CRP expiring on Sept. 30. It is also representative of USDA's ongoing action to maximize the wildlife habitat and environmental benefits created via the program's 25-year history.