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Grasslands get squeezed
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:21 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

1.6 million acres, that is about the area of the state of Delaware. That’s how much land was removed this year from the federal CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). This program pays farmers to keep land covered with native grasses or even trees. Most of that land now will produce crops like corn or wheat. It’s a sign of the shifting economic tides that are transforming America’s farming landscape.