12. - Recommend updates to the timing and amount of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payment rates

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 15

The Farm Bill governs how CRP payment rates rise or fall based on market information. The next Farm Bill could use these provisions to promote additional conservation and hunting access to:

  • Increase rental payments to CRP enrollees who donate or sell hunting access easements on their CRP lands, enter into access agreements, or enroll their lands in a state access program.
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  • Promote and support added incentives to programs like CRP and conservation easements to encourage landowners to allow public access and public hunting on their lands.
  • Review CRP rental rates on a more frequent basis to ensure competitiveness with alternative uses.
  • Consider new incentives for keeping properties with the best wildlife habitat enrolled in the CRP program.
  • Provide incentives to maintain the continuity of large landscapes; for example, by creating conservation co-ops to manage lands divested by timber companies and other large land holders.

Assessment of Status: Complete

While updates have been made to the timing and the amount of CRP payments, these updates may be irrelevant due to the current economic climate and high commodity prices. CRP enrollment has decreased from 36.8 million acres enrolled in 2007 to 27.1 million acres enrolled in January, 2013.

Supporting documentation and findings

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