Out of conservation, back to production
Good soil deed about to be uprooted: Millions of acres of environmentally sensitive lands are being pushed out of the federal Conservation Reserve Program and, most likely, back into production. The program was created to stabilize commodity prices while saving topsoil, improving water quality and creating wildlife habit. But the always short-sighted Farm Bill's latest version reduced allowable acreage for the program. Good-bye, reestablished prairie and clearer-flowing streams; hello, combine and erosion. (Associated Press) Maybe a 50-year Farm Bill is a good idea after all?
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