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The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it would expand a program that pays farmers to leave land fallow, part of a broader, government-wide effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. The new initiative will incentivize farmers to take land out of production by raising rental rates and incentive payments.

The Conservation Reserve Program was created in 1985 to incentivize landowners to leave some of their marginal land unplanted, a plan meant to protect the environment by reducing agricultural runoff into streams and rivers, preserving wildlife habitats, and preventing erosion. Today, the Department of Agriculture “rents” about 21 million acres of farmland from landowners, typically for 10 years at a time—a tiny fraction of the total land farmed nationwide. In recent years, the number of acres enrolled in CRP has fallen, possibly because USDA’s rental payments have not been competitive with the open market, Chuck Abbott reported for FERN News.

The new announcement is a bid to incentivize farmers to enroll 4 million more acres of land in the program to total 25 million acres, the current program limit. “Sometimes the best solutions are right in front of you,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a press release.

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  1. Keith Anthony Freitas

    OK, we have become the smartest advanced society in history … NOT !

    The ultimate stupidity is poor out of the white house like a fresh fed mountain spring ! It is really hard to grasp how these dead brain cell lifer politicians have lost touch with common sense purpose backed reforms and ideas. The least effective among us are the chosen ones to lead the producers and risk takers in a flip flopped society. It happened to Rome and is now happening to the United States. Better wake up America, or the American you once fought and died for will soon disappear into the folds of a manipulated and rolled tapestry of historical record.

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