Commissioner Quarles Applauds Secretary Perdue, Senator McConnell for CREP extension
For Immediate Release
Friday, September 8, 2017
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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles issued the following statement today:
“I applaud the decision by the United States Department of Agriculture and Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend the Kentucky Green River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for another year while Kentucky and the federal government continue to work toward a more permanent solution.
“I’d like to thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for working with Secretary Perdue and the Trump Administration to secure this extension for Kentucky.”
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program that targets high-priority conservation concerns identified by a state and federal partnership. Farmers are paid annual rental rates, cost share and incentives for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and establishing a permanent resource for conserving plant species. In Kentucky, the Green River watershed covers 917,197 acres in Adair, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Metcalfe, Russell, and Taylor counties. Currently, 100,000 acres in the Green River watershed are being utilized in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. CREP is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.