The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes.

“CRP is one of the many tools that USDA offers to producers and private landowners to help best manage sensitive lands,” Richard Fordyce, administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, said in a news release. “Lands enrolled in this program conserve soil, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon, and benefit agricultural operations.”

Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species such as approved grasses or trees to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland.

Signed into law in 1985, CRP is one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the U.S.

CRP participants with contracts effective beginning Oct. 1, 2020, will receive their first annual rental payment in October 2021.

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