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Grassland Reserve Program funding availability

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency are now accepting applications for the 2013 Grasslands Reserve Program, which is jointly administered by NRCS and FSA.

GRP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to landowners and operators for the restoration and conservation of the nation’s grasslands. Enrollment of land in the GRP will have a positive impact on the local economy and improve environmental quality by preventing the conversion of grassland to other uses, including crop production and urban development.

NRCS and FSA offices will accept GRP applications on a continuous basis for rental agreements; however, applications must be received prior to May 31, to be considered for 2013 funding. A portion of the GRP allocation for the state of Oklahoma was designated to address the States Initiative for protecting and preserving the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Counties with land that fall in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Current Range in Oklahoma are: Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods, and Woodward counties. A map indicating the areas designated as the Current Range can be viewed at the NRCS or FSA website listed at the end of this release or by contacting your local NRCS or FSA office.

GRP contract enrollment options include 10-, 15-, or 20-year rental contracts. Application evaluation for acceptance in the 2013 GRP will be based on ranking criteria that emphasizes grazing operations, protection of grassland, land that contains forbs, and shrubland at the greatest risk for the threat of conversion to uses other than grazing, plant and animal biodiversity, restoration costs, and expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts. Applications received in the counties associated with Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative will be ranked with similar criteria with more focus on increasing habitat connectivity.

Participants with approved rental agreements will receive annual payments ranging from $6 to $11.50 per acre based on the county of offered land location for the rental contract period and allowed to utilize the contract acreage for grazing, haying, or seed according to a Conservation Plan. If restoration is determined necessary, a restoration agreement will be incorporated within the rental agreement or easement.

For additional eligibility criteria and information regarding the GRP, contact your local county NRCS or FSA office. Those interested in applying may also visit the following websites: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ok/programs/easements/grassland/ or http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ok.

Date: 6/3/2013

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