Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a new conservation initiative to protect up to 750-thousand acres of the nation's most highly erodible croplands. The new initiative will assist producers with targeting their most highly erodible cropland, land with an erodibility index of 20 or greater, by enabling them to plant wildlife-friendly, long-term cover through the Conservation Reserve Program. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement to attendees of the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Through this initiative, eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. Land can be enrolled on a continuous basis for a period of 10 years. According to the Secretary, – this program targets limited resources where they can make the most difference for farmers, ranchers and to drive economic growth. Lands eligible for this program are typically the least productive land on the farm.