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Millions of acres secured via Conservation Reserve Program

The enrollment of almost 4 million acres of privately owned agricultural lands in the federal Conservation Reserve Program promises to bolster fish and wildlife populations, aid landowners and boost the economy, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership announced June 1.
This addition, part of a general signup for the CRP, will advance the benefits set in motion since its establishment more than a quarter-century ago. While praising this announcement, however, sportsmen expressed concern about declines in CRP acreage in areas critical to waterfowl and upland birds.
A component of the federal Farm Bill, the CRP encourages farmers and ranchers to plant ground cover that conserves soil, water and wildlife resources, improving habitat for waterfowl, upland birds and wild turkeys.
The TRCP is working to ensure that the 2012 Farm Bill authorizes and strongly funds conservation programs that can sustain America’s hunting and fishing heritage. Learn more at http://www.trcp.org/issues/agriculture.

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