Conservation Reserve Program

Chart: Total Acres Enrolled

The conservation reserve program established by the Food Security Act of 1985, provides farm owners or tenants with an annual per-acre rent to voluntarily retire their cropland. The farmer retires highly erodible or environmentally sensitive cropland from production for 10 to 15 years. The Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 broadened the program's focus to include improved water quality and other environmental goals.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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