WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today (Friday) the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to extend the Green River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (Green River CREP) for eligible contracts for an additional year.
Earlier this year, USDA announced the termination of the program at the end of the current program agreement. In response, Senator McConnell contacted USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on behalf of Secretary Charles Snavely of the Energy and Environment Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to request a one-year extension of the program. Today, USDA informed Senator McConnell that all eligible contracts that were set to expire on September 30, 2017, would be extended for an additional year, which will allow USDA to work with the state on a long-term agreement for financing the program moving forward.
The Green River CREP, established in 2001, covers the following counties in Kentucky: Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, and Warren. It currently includes over 97,000 acres dedicated towards the conservation and improvement of water quality and wildlife habitat in the Green River Watershed.