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Definition of Conservation Reserve Program

A major provision of the Food Security Act of 1985
designed to reduce erosion and protect water
quality on up to 45 million acres of farmland.
Under the program, enrolled landowners agree to
convert environmentally sensitive land to approved
conserving uses for 10-15 years. In exchange, the
landowner receives an annual rental payment for up
to 50 percent of the cost of establishing
permanent vegetative cover.

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