Conservation Reserve Program

President Trump signs farm bill

President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill. The $867 billion bill expands the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) by three million acres, to a total of 27 million acres, but limits the government subsidy to 80 percent of the average rent for the acre and disallows whole farm enrollment into the program. In a twenty-five minute signing ceremony, the…

Public forums offer information about Farm Bill, potential affects on Illinois wildlife

According to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, if Congress fails to re-authorize important Farm Bill conservation provisions in 2018, Illinois stands to lose up to 900,000 acres of wildlife habitat enrolled in programs like the Conservation Reserve Program.Three public forums on the 2018 Farm Bill and the impact it could have on Illinois wildlife will be held this month in East…