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Paying Farmers not to Farm Eco-Sensitive Land

Touch the Soil News #309 This year the USDA is celebrating 30 years of the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). In prior decades, breaking out land for farming was not particularly eco-sensitive. Once the politics worked out, it was decided that the best plan was to give incentives to farmers to voluntarily not farm the land and plant it back to native species – and allow wildlife to return. The lands targeted for the program were often hilly farms with excessive erosion and key to wildlife and wetland restoration. The payments are minimal – often between $35 and $45 per acre. The government put a statutory cap on the number of…

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