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South Dakota landowners may apply for USDA federal conservation program

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Agricultural producers and landowners in South Dakota can submit their bids to enroll eligible land in the federal Conservation Reserve Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency will accept CRP offers nationwide until April 6.

The program provides funds for agricultural producers to establish and maintain resource-conserving cover on cropland for 10 to 15 years.

A cover upgrade incentive of $50 per acre is also available through the state Game, Fish and Parks Department in an effort to boost South Dakota's involvement in the program. In return for the incentive payment, participants must open those acres to public hunting access through a GF&P program for the length of the contracts.

More information is available through local USDA Farm Service Agency offices.