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SD 10th for CRP acres
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By Northern Plains News

South Dakota has the 10th highest number of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program since 2009, according to statistics released Tuesday by the U.S Department of Agriculture.

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In all, since 2009, 516,350 acres in South Dakota have been enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program through 10,507 contracts. CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.

Tuesday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack released conservation related statistics to encourage Congress to pass a new farm bill. According to the USDA, the following are the top 10 states in terms of acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program since 2009:

  1. Texas: 2,445,353 acres
  2. Colorado: 1,591,076
  3. Kansas: 1,419,211
  4. North Dakota: 793,321
  5. Washington: 743,691
  6. Montana: 673,514
  7. Oklahoma: 577,259
  8. Missouri: 571,968
  9. Iowa: 549,729
  10. South Dakota: 516,350

Nationally, 13,890,580 acres via 271,292 contracts have been placed in the Conservation Reserve Program since 2009.

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