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Iowa Ag Review

Abstract

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.