Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced earlier this summer that USDA accepted 2.8-million acres nationwide offered by landowners in the 41st Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up.
CRP preserves and enhances environmentally sensitive lands, the agency says.
The general sign-up began in late winter.
More than 38,000 offers were received for the CRP sign-up on about 3.8-million acres across the nation. Total CRP enrollment will now total 29.9 million acres nationally, leaving enough room to continue enrollment in the 32-million-acre cap for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
In Nebraska, Greg Reisdorff of USDA's Farm Service Agency office in Lincoln, says 86,860 acres of CRP were accepted in the 2011 sign-up. Landowners statewide made bids on 105,563 acres, he says.
Nebraska now has 1,013,432 million acres in CRP.
In contrast to the newly accepted acres, Nebraska will have 151,360 CRP acres on which contracts will expire this fall. In fall 2012, the acreage in expiring contracts is 200,000.
Farmers and ranchers plant grasses and trees in crop fields and along streams or rivers under CRP, practices that reduce soil erosion and prevent nutrients washing into waterways.
Through CRP, more than two million acres of wetlands have been restored and soil erosion reduced by more than 400 million tons per year.
For more information about CRP, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.