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Study: C. S. P. Loaded with Unexpected Wildlife Benefits

January 18, 2007

A new study funded by farmers, ranchers and environmentalists praises the Conservation Security Program. Study author Duane Hovorka with the National Wildlife Federation says CSP is helping wildlife even more than expected in every state, including Iowa. Officially, only a tenth of the money in CSP is directly targeted to animals in the wild, but he's discovered that many of the other practices it encourages have substantial benefits for all sorts of wildlife.

"About half of the money that we are spending through the program is providing other kinds of wildlife benefits like grazing management or reduction of pesticide use."

Hovorka says that some changes could be made to next year's farm bill that would continue to expand that payback, like giving farmers more options to protect wildlife and involving wildlife professionals at USDA field offices to help farmers weigh their alternatives.

"We are trying to find ways that Congress and USDA can better implement the Conservation Security Program so that we can get more wildlife benefits out of the program in Iowa and elsewhere."

He says boosting funding for CSP would increase the number of farmers participating and multiply the benefit to wildlife. The report was funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Izaak Walton League and the National Wildlife Federation. Congress authorized the program in the 2002 Farm Bill to reward farmers and ranchers for environmental stewardship and restoring or maintaining areas safe for wildlife to live.

A copy of the full report is available at

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA