According to the USDA Farm Service Agency, the amount of Conservation Reserve Program acreage nationally and locally is on the decline.
Nationwide in 2014 there was 24 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program.
In July 2018 new numbers came out revealed that now there’s about 22 million acres.
In North Dakota, there’s just over 1 million acres of CRP but in 2007 – we had our highest acreage number of more than 3 million.
With this decline the non-profit Pheasant’s Forever is trying to encourage farmers to do conservation practices.
“Increases your soil health, provides wildlife habitat for people interested in wildlife also for recreational use so it just kind of has a lot of benefits,” said Cayla Bendel, Pheasants Forever Women and Conservation Coordinator.
Bendel says that declining CRP could become a bigger threat to our wildlife in the future.