USDA Issues $1.68 Billion in Payments to Producers Enrolled in CRP
USAgNet - 10/16/2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation
"CRP is one of the many 'tools' that USDA offers to producers and private landowners to help best manage sensitive lands," said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency. "Lands enrolled in this program conserve soil, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon, and benefit agricultural operations."
Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. Farmers and ranchers who participate in CRP help provide numerous benefits to the nation's environment and economy.
Signed into law in 1985, CRP is one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the U.S. It was originally intended to primarily control soil erosion and potentially stabilize commodity prices by taking marginal lands out of production. The program has evolved over the years, providing many conservation and economic benefits.
CRP participants with contracts effective beginning on October 1, 2020, will receive their first annual rental payment in October 2021.
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