Grassland reserve program sets Jan. 22 deadline

The cutoff for applications for the Grassland Reserve Program is Jan. 22. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Kansas will allocate $1.2 million for Kansas.

The program offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands on their property through permanent easements and rental contracts (10-year, 15-year, or 20-year). For 2010, priority will be given to enrolling land in easements.

Land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program with an expiring contract in the next 12 months also is eligible for enrollment. Enrollment options for this land are limited to permanent easements and 20-year rental contracts.