500,000 Acres Accepted To Grassland Program

The USDA is accepting more than 500,000 acres for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment.

Iowa has more than 5,400 acres accepted, about half of the offers.

Nebraska is the big winner, getting about 122,000 acres.

The USDA accepted 2,100 offers across 34 states. More than 70 percent of the acres are from beginning farmers, veterans, and under-served producers. About two-thirds of the acres are in counties with the highest threat for row crop conversion and 60 percent of acres are in wildlife priority areas.

The voluntary CRP Grasslands enrollment lets grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops be maintained as livestock grazing areas.