Conservation Reserve Program offers incentives to protect erodible farmland


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In order to maintain the current amount of erodible farmland in our country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering financial incentives for farmers who enroll their grasslands and wetlands into the Conservation Reserve Program.

Up to 1 million acres will be enrolled in order to maintain the current level of erodible farmland in our country (30 million acres).

In addition to reducing erosion and farm runoff, this effort will create new habitats for wildlife.

The Washington Post reports:

Grasslands enrollment increases by 700,000 acres, including land for duck nesting and upland bird habitat. The program also establishes 100,000 new acres to be set aside for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

With similar past programs from the Conservation Reserve Program, the land enrolled typically comes from the least productive part of the farm.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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