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NRI Conservation Reserve Program Soils

NRI Conservation Reserve Program

 

The Conservation Reserve Program encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips, or riparian buffers and is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The 2007 report of CRP indicated a reduction in grass and legume practices while maintaining tree establishment levels as shown in figure 13. Total acres of CRP was shown to increase over the 20 year time period from 1987 (99,400 acres) to 2007 (156,300 acres). A closer look indicates that CRP only increased from 1987 to 1992, the time period within the last fifteen years (1992-2007) CRP has seen a decline of 77,600 acres. (Figure 14)

(Figure 13) - Conservation Reserve Program Contracted Practices

(Figure 13) - Conservation Reserve Program Contracted Practices

 
   
Pine Trees on a Conservation Reserve Program easement  
   
(Figure 14) - Total CRP Acres
(Figure 14) - Total CRP Acres

Last Modified: 02/02/2011