U.S. Percent Cropland in CRP
(Conservation Reserve Program)
Source: Great Plains International Data Network
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The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a federal program established under the Food Security Act of 1985 to assist private landowners to convert highly erodible cropland to vegetative cover for 10 years. The Conservation Reserve Program is the Federal Government's single largest environmental improvement program. CRP's success is accomplished through voluntary partnerships between individuals and Government. Instead of compelling participation, the program provides incentives and assistance to farmers and ranchers for establishing valuable conservation practices that have a beneficial impact on resources both on and off the farm. It encourages farmers to voluntarily plant permanent covers of grass and trees on land that is subject to erosion, where vegetation can improve water quality or provide food and habitat for wildlife.

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