My folks bought our farm in 1965, $89.50/acre. Not much, just a 190 acre brush farm, but it was theirs! Dad had the crop land laid out on terrace contours & we plowed up to the contour lines, eventually making terraces. I inherited it when Mom died in December. I'm splitting off 50 acres to my brother, which I'm sure will be sold as soon as he can (no loss to me). We will keep the remaining 140 acres!
The long time renter's son approached me last summer about putting the crop land in CRP, as his brothers didn't want to crop it anymore. Very understandable, as it is poor ground & small patches, hard for today's machinery to work. So, today was the day to get the details & start the ball in motion! The county FSA directory grew up about a mile form us, so I've known him all my life. Had him clue me in on the procedures & started the paperwork this morning. Will sign it into the next CRP contract & get some money "back" from the government for a change!
Next thing is to talk to the state "Private Land Conservationist" to see what assistance I can get from them about the possibility of some selective logging. I have some big Oaks & a few other species that need to be cut, but don't want just any logger on the property. I've seen too many timbers destroyed by over-sized skidders & poor logging practices, I'll let the trees stand first!