The Conservation Reserve Program will benefit from $2 billion saved in the final draft of a new crop insurance agreement. The money will support high priority risk management and conservation programs, including the CRP. National Association of Conservation Districts President Steve Robinson, a producer from Marysville, Ohio, says these additional funds will increase program acreage to the maximum authorized level. NACD says this will benefit landowners, wildlife, water quality and the climate.
According to Robinson, USDA plans to hold a general sign-up for CRP this summer and as long as landowner interest is there, these funds will increase the sign-up from 2.9 million acres to more than 4 million acres. Robinson also expects USDA will be able to devote some CRP acreage to targeted enrollments, such as continuous and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs that benefit particular wildlife species, watersheds or other resources of national or regional importance.