In recent years some prognosticators envisioned that the amount of acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) would shift from west to east. This expectation is based on a perceived increase in the social valuation for water quality versus other CRP benefits. Some west-to-east shifts did occur after CRP rules were revised under the 1990 Farm Bill. However. the latest sign-up results reveal the opposite- an east-to-west movement.
Elmore, Steven L. and Smith, Darnell B.
"The Look of the "New" Conservation Reserve Program,"
Iowa Ag Review: Vol. 3
, Article 1.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/iowaagreview/vol3/iss3/1