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Congress Brings C. S. P. Up to Full Speed

June 28, 2007

Congress recently passed a supplemental budget bill that includes additional funding for the Conservation Security Program. In Iowa, over 2,300 farms are enrolled in the program, totaling over 748,000 acres and $16 million in CSP payments. Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs says farmers who added conservation practices to their land will now receive full program support.

“It's significant because it allows farmers to expand their conservation as well as get the program into other areas that will bring even more farmers on board.”

That includes allowing farmers in selected watersheds to sign up. Bruckner believes the Conservation Security Program has far reaching and long lasting benefits.

“It's paying farmers for increasing soil quality; it's paying farmers for practices that they do that lead to better water quality; it pays them for wildlife habitat.

A recent study of the Conservation Security Program, conducted by the Center for Rural Affairs, found that farmers and ranchers overwhelmingly support increased conservation as part of the new farm bill.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA