photo: TD Orchards 2008
Our Mission: To work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and wise use of natural resources.
As one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the United States, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides both economic and conservation benefits by taking environmentally sensitive land out of agricultural production. This program, administered by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation purposes. In Wasco County, we currently have 15.3% of our cropland acres enrolled in CRP.
An important consideration for producers during the CRP bidding process (sign up) is the annual rental payment to be received during this long-term contract. Maximum payment rates for cropland offered for CRP are calculated using Soil Rental Rates. They are to reflect the average cash rental rates per acre for non-irrigated cropland for annually tilled crops for each soil map unit area within a county during the past year. The Soil Rental Rates are calculated by multiplying the following:
- County Average Rental Rates - set by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) using the annual Cash Rent Survey
- Soil-specific productivity factors
- A statutory required percentage for each signup type (15% for General CRP)
It is extremely important that producers complete the voluntary NASS annual Cash Rent Survey. This annual survey provides the data used by NASS to establish the average rental rate for each county. The only way that the value of Wasco County acreage will be accurately reflected and applied to CRP bids is if we have producers respond to this cash rent survey! The NASS Cash Rent Survey is generally mailed out to producers in mid-February, with a second mailing sent out in mid-March, but there is also the option for a producer to take the survey online by clicking on the following link:
Please timely complete and submit your survey to ensure Wasco County has accurate soil rental rates for conservation programs
NASS Annual Cash Rent Survey Impacts CRP Rental Rates
Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) and its partner, the USDA NRCS prohibit discrimination against employees, partners, and participants for programs, services and employment. WCSWCD and USDA NRCS are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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