Application deadline is May 31 for GRP signup

Posted May 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Private lands that are part of a grazing operation in: McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Jerauld, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Buffalo, Brule, and Aurora Counties may be eligible for permanent easements through the Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP). Funds are currently available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Funding is available for both rental contracts and easements.

The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary conservation program that emphasizes support for working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland under threat of conversion to other uses.

Participants voluntarily limit future development and cropping uses of the land while retaining the right to conduct common grazing and haying practices. A grazing management plan is required for participants.

For more information, contact Sara Thompson, Resource Conservationist, at 605-352-1281 or sara.thompson@sd.usda.gov. For information about NRCS in South Dakota go to http://www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov

Resource Conservationist Sara Thompson, with the Natural resources Conservation Service (NRCS), says certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres may also be eligible for GRP. “CRP land that is within 12 months of expiring may also eligible for the GRP,” says Thompson.

To be considered for funding producers must sign an application by May 31, 2013 at their local USDA Service Center. GRP applicants must either own the land or have long-term control of the property to be eligible. Interested applicants can check with their local USDA Service Center to see if they are in the eligible areas.

For more information, contact Sara Thompson, Resource Conservationist, at 605-352-1281 or sara.thompson@sd.usda.gov. For information about NRCS in South Dakota go to http://www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov

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