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2008 Farm Bill Archive

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The conservation provisions in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) will provide conservation opportunities for farmers and ranchers for years to come. The new provisions build on the conservation gains made by farmers and ranchers through the 1985, 1996 and 2002 Farm Bills. They simplify existing programs and create new programs to address high priority environmental goals.

Under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, authority to enroll new participants or enter new contracts for several conservation programs expired on September 30, 2013, including the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP), and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

Beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, while NRCS will continue to service prior-year contracts and enrollments for these programs, NRCS is not accepting applications for new contracts or enrollments at this time.

Conservation programs available in Colorado under the Farm Bill are: