After shutdown delay, farmers to get Conservation Reserve paymen - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

After shutdown delay, farmers to get Conservation Reserve payments

Posted: Updated:
DES MOINES (AP) -

Farmers should begin getting payments soon for land set aside in the Conservation Reserve Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is sending out checks several weeks late because of the partial government shutdown.

About 390,000 farms nationwide have enrolled land in the CRP program covering nearly 27 million acres.

In exchange for an annual rental payment farmers take environmentally sensitive land out of production and plant grass or trees on it to improve water quality, wildlife habitat and prevent erosion.

Payments to corn and soybean farmers enrolled in the Average Crop Revenue Election program will begin going out Thursday.

The USDA says 1.7 million farms are enrolled in the program, which provides farmers a revenue guarantee based on market prices and average yields for certain commodities.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.