96-760 - Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Policy Issues
24-Feb-1997; Jeffrey Zinn; 6 p.
Abstract: The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), enacted in 1985, enables producers to bid to retire highly erodible or environmentally sensitive cropland, usually for 10 years. Participants receive annual rental and cost-sharing payments, and technical assistance to install approved plantings. Up to 36.4 million acres have been enrolled; current enrollment is estimated to be 32.9 million acres. The initial contracts started to expire in 1995. The program has broad support. Congress reauthorized and amended the CRP in the 1996 farm bill. The Department filed a final rule implementing the amendments, effective on February 12, 1997. This rule, which modified many aspects of an earlier proposal, was widely anticipated in farm country, where producers were anxious to learn about the characteristics of the revised program as they plan for their farm operation in the future. Implementation is of great interest to others because of competing views about the eventual size and characteristics of the land enrolled in reserve. [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Agriculture