The competitive sign-up, which began Monday, January 4th, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. It is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term. New cropland offered in the program must have been planted for four out of six crop years from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, producers with land already enrolled but expiring on Sept. 30, 2021, can re-enroll this year. The acreage offered by producers and landowners is evaluated competitively; accepted offers will begin Oct. 1, 2021.
Read more about this popular program here.