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CRP comment period: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is seeking comments on the federal Conservation Reserve Program and has scheduled nine public meetings from Sept. 15 through Oct. 8.

The closest meeting is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Moorhead.

According to conservation group Pheasants Forever, more than 4.2 million acres of CRP have expired since 2005 and another 21 million acres are slated to expire during the next five years.

USDA has no plans for a new CRP signup to re-enroll or replace expiring acres. As a result, Pheasants Forever is urging people to get involved in the upcoming comment process.

“The stated intent of this public comment period is to find ways to make the Conservation Reserve Program more effective for producers and increase the environmental and wildlife benefits of the program,” said Dave Nomsen, vice president of government affairs for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Those goals are unachievable without a new CRP general signup.”

To comment on CRP, send an e-mail to CRPcomments@tecinc.com, access the federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov or mail to CRP SEIS, c/o TEC Inc., 8 San Jose Drive Suite 3-B, Newport News, VA 23606.

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