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conservation reserve program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for the largest private land conservation program in the country, following a shortfall in enrollment and change in the White House. 

The Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers and ranchers to preserve land for 10 to 15 years, but it saw a shortfall of 4 million acres under the Trump administration. As of December 2020, there are 20.8 million acres enrolled in the program. 

With President Biden’s focus on mitigating climate change, the USDA extended the deadline for enrollment. 

Farmers and landowners enrolling acres in the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program have a new practice available to them.

Court Ruling May Reduce CRP Acres

Jul 8, 2013
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A recent federal tax court ruling might affect the amount of farmland in Southeast Iowa that’s put into conservation programs.

More SEIA Farmland to Conservation

Jul 3, 2013
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The amount of farmland in conservation programs across Iowa as dropped in the past decade, but Southeast Iowa has actually seen an increase.

Rain May Drive Farmland Back to CRP

Jun 7, 2013
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2006/5-22/replant.html

Farmers faced not being able to get their corn in on time have several options. They may switch acres from corn to soybeans or they may use “prevented planting “ insurance.

Though some farmers may go with a different option.