The Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would process many pending eligible offers for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program. USDA also announced it would suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year. All current, eligible, CRP continuous enrollment offers made through September 30, 2017, except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative, will be approved, according to USDA leadership. However, acceptance of most offers going forward will be suspended to provide time to review CRP allocation levels and to avoid exceeding the statutory cap of 24 million acres.
The CRP acreage cap is a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill. Current enrollment is about 23.5 million acres nationwide. The suspension will continue until later in the 2018 fiscal year.