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Agricultural boom driving conversion of land

USA Today is reporting that many openlands are vanishing because of “soaring grain prices that have increased their value as cropland.” Farmers are electing to not re-enroll in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which is a voluntary conservation program run by the US Department of Agriculture that pays farmers to convert farmland to grasslands, forest, wildlife cover and for other conservation purposes. “As grain and farmland prices surge, farmers have less financial incentive to hold land in the CRP,” and as a result, farmers “chose not to re-enroll about 2.5 million acres when the most recent batch of CRP contracts expired on Sept. 30.” Read the article to find out more.

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