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USDA signals changes to conservation programs

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) last week, including higher rental payments meant to increase participation.

In 2020, 20.8 million acres were enrolled in the program, missing USDA’s 25 million acres goal. The acreage cap for CRP is set to increase to 27 million by 2023.

These proposals and other land-idling announcements out of the Biden administration drew concerns from some agriculture groups including American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

“We want to make sure CRP continues to be a valuable and effective conservation resource for...




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