CRP biomass harvest could help conserve resources

CRP biomass harvest could help conserve resources

Dedicated bioenergy feedstock production could meet stated goals of CRP program, particularly if commodity prices increase.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency established the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 30 years ago in an effort to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and increase habitat for sensitive wildlife species.

The program pays rent to farmers in exchange for land to be taken out of row crop production and planted with species that improve environmental quality. Thereafter, the land and its cover crops are to be left essentially untouched for the duration of t

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