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OSU’s Dr. Amy Hagerman Sees Benefits in the CRP Grasslands Program
Fri, 09 Jul 2021 09:38:21 CDT
Originating in the 1980s, the Conservation Reserve Program has captured millions of acres over the years for an extended 10-15-year period.
Dr. Amy Hagerman, Oklahoma State University Assistant Professor of agricultural economics, says if you have a contract that recently expired with the CRP, and your land is suitable for grazing, consideration of the CRP Grasslands Program could be a wise idea.
“There is going to be producers, especially in the western half of the state, that are all going to have to make decisions regarding the CRP and whether they are going to re-enroll or use that land for other uses,” Hagerman said. “One of those uses is converting to grassland, whether for your own cattle or renting to someone else.”
Part of the reason is the competitive rates of grassland rental, Hagerman said.
A survey conducted last year showed upwards of $15/acre for rental rates, she said.
For the 2020 expiring contracts, Hagerman said less than half re-enrolled for CRP. She said she believes this is due in part to many ranchers coming out of the program to use the land for grazing, either for themselves or to rent to a neighbor.
However, the CRP Grasslands Program offers landowners a minimum payment of $15 acre- enough to cause ranchers to reconsider enrolling into the federal program. In addition, the CRP Grasslands Program deems some regions like the Oklahoma Panhandle a High Priority Area, which could add an additional $5/acre on top of the $15 minimum, Hagerman said.
“I think there are some folks that maybe if they are looking at some of these conservation practices but don’t necessarily want to mess around with rental contracts, this CRP Grasslands Program could be a very attractive option.”
The CRP Grasslands program enrollment starts July 12 and runs through August 20, so it is a narrow window of time to submit or offer your land, Hagerman said. It overlaps the general CRP as well, so you could offer your land for both, she added.
While only one program can be chosen, Hagerman said she believes it is an option worth exploring.
To read more about the CRP Grasslands Program, click here.
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