Producers are reminded that the deadline to sign up for the conservation reserve program is tomorrow. This is the second consecutive year that USDA has offered a general CRP sign-up. Through CRP, eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. Land can be enrolled for a period of up to 15 years. During the general sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2011. The general sign-up for CRP will not affect cropped acres for this growing season. Acres will be enrolled in the program in the fall. The FSA implements CRP on behalf of Commodity Credit Corporation. With the drought conditions if producers have not burned their CRP acres, they are discouraged from completing this practice during unsafe burning conditions. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE NORTON COUNTY FSA OFFICE.