05-11-13 *Weld County FSA-CO News* Farm Service Agency Accepts Conservation Reserve Program Offers…SAFE Contracts…
Posted by Brian Allmer on May 12, 2013
May 10, 2013 – GREELEY, CO –Beginning May 13, 2013 the Weld County FSA Office will begin accepting new CRP offers under the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) area. The SAFE contracts will be approved once all signatures are provided to FSA.
The Colorado Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE area is located in northeastern Weld, northwestern Logan and northern Morgan Counties. The area is limited to land located within the SAFE area boundary. A map of the designated land are can be viewed online at http://fsaintranet.sc.egov.usda.gov/dps/services/downloadhandler.ashx?fileid=13420
The goal of the Colorado Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE project is to improve nesting and brood rearing cover for plains sharp-tailed grouse populations in northern Colorado through the re-enrollment and enhancement of existing grassland habitat in CRP that serve as critical habitat for the bird’s population in the state.
Even though the continuous signup continues until September 30, producers must understand that there are a limited number of acres available for acceptance into the Colorado Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE area and as contracts are approved the availability diminishes.
The Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE area signup is only offered for existing grass covers or expired CRP that is located in the designated SAFE area. There are over 12,000 acres of expiring CRP contracts located within the area. Schedule an appointment after May 13th to complete your SAFE area offer. Keep in mind that the competitive general signup for all other eligible land begins May 20 and ends June 14. To schedule an appointment call (970) 356-8097
A fact sheet http://fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/sharptailgrouse.pdf with additional information about the Colorado Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse and information about other programs offered by the Farm Service Agency can be viewed online at http://fsa.usda.gov/FSA/stateoffapp?mystate=co&area=home&subject=landing&topic=landing