FSA to make payments to North Dakota farmers and ranchers


North Dakota State Executive Director Aaron Krauter announced yesterday that approximately $263.5 million in payments, including $95.5 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments and $168 million in final direct payments, will be made to North Dakota agricultural producers this month.

North Dakota producers have more than 40,500 CRP contracts that cover over 2.4 million acres of land enrolled in CRP.  The voluntary program helps farmers and ranchers safeguard environmentally sensitive land and provides habitat for game and non-game species.

Final direct payments are made through the Direct and Counter-cyclical (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Programs, which provide payments to producers of certain commodities based on planting history and established yields.

Participants in the programs in North Dakota have enrolled 19.1 million acres of cropland.  About 94 percent of producers in North Dakota participate in the two programs.  In addition to the $168 million in final direct payments issued in October, $42 million in advance payments were made to participants at sign-up time.

Source: USDA FSA ND State Office