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The longstanding Conservation Reserve Program is one of America's most important farm programs. But CRP - in which area farmers soon will have another chance to enroll - is losing acres in the Upper Midwest because of attractive crop prices. Federal budget problems also cloud the program's future.
Fargo, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will accept 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under Farm Service Agency's 43rd Conservation Reserve Program general signup. In North Dakota, 190 thousand acres were accepted into CRP.
North Dakota Farm Service Agency
, May 30, 2012
WATERTOWN, S.D. — When I was a youngster growing up in Watertown, S.D., during the Soil Bank Program days in the late 1950s and early 1960s, we could go out at noon and easily have our pheasant limit and be back in a half hour to watch the Vikings game.
WASHINGTON — Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, recently released a farm bill proposal and announced that the committee will begin consideration of the bill on Wednesday.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Cooperation with southern Republican senators representing peanut, cotton and rice growers will be a key to whether a Revenue Loss Assistance Program can be passed in the Senate, said officials gathered for a roundtable on the 2012 farm bill.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill announced that MFU will hold a farm bill listening session with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., in Great Falls, Mont., on April 2, in conjunction with the MFU quarterly board meeting.
WASHINGTON — Congress should attach conservation compliance requirements to subsidized crop insurance in the next farm bill but should only use the lowering of the farmer premium subsidy as a penalty for those who do not comply rather than making farmers ineligible for coverage, Environmental Working Group officials said March 15.
WASHINGTON — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said March 21 that the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would cut the Agriculture Department budget by $180 billion over 10 years and hurt programs important to North Dakota while other Democrats and farm leaders also criticized the Ryan proposal.
WASHINGTON — The issue of whether proposed farm bill commodity programs would work in the Northern Plains remain to be resolved in Senate Agriculture Committee negotiations, Jim Miller, a former Agriculture Secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services and key aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said March 13 in an interview with Agweek.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up, beginning March 12, 2012 and ending on April 6, 2012. There are approximately 1.6 million enrolled CRP acres in Minnesota, with an estimated 292,000 acres set to expire on Sept. 30, 2012.
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