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Farmers need to control noxious weeds on land

As the next growing season begins, The Wasco-Hood River County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds all Conservation Reserve Program (CRP/CREP) participants to be alert to insect and weed (especially noxious weeds) growth on contract acres.

Most CRP/CREP participants carry out necessary insect and weed control measures.

All CRP participants need to comply with the Oregon Noxious Weed Law and ensure noxious weeds are controlled.

Participants also need to make sure annual weeds, insects, and rodents do not inhibit the established practice from controlling erosion for the entire contract period.

These requirements are part of the terms of the CRP/CREP contract. The local FSA office or the county weed supervisor to obtain a current list of noxious weeds.

Failure to abide by the terms of the CRP/CREP contract can result in the application of a payment reduction, termination of the affected CRP/CREP acres, or termination of the entire CRP/CREP contract.

The county FSA committee is required to apply non-compliance penalties for verified cases of “failure to comply” with the requirements of the CRP/CREP contract. Penalties can be avoided when proper insect and weed control measures are performed in a timely manner.

The Wasco/ Hood River County FSA Committee will approve all CRP/CREP maintenance work done during the primary nesting season of March 1 to July 15.

Weed control work during this period will be limited to spot treatment of the affected areas.

Copies of the Oregon State FSA Committee policy through the local FSA office. Copies can be mailed, faxed or emailed upon request.

For additional information, contact the Wasco-Hood River County FSA Office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

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