Most C.R.P. acres to re-enroll

by Josh Sosland
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WASHINGTON — An estimated 23.9 million acres out of 28 million acres of eligible Conservation Reserve Program contracts set to expire between 2007 and 2010 are expected to be re-enrolled, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns said this week. Of the 4.1 million acres that will exit the C.R.P. between 2007 and 2010, approximately 1.4 million acres are located in major corn producing states. "The percentage of landowners choosing to remain in C.R.P. is consistent with what we have seen in the past, despite speculation that re-enrollment would drop significantly due to high corn prices," Mr. Johanns said. With more than 36 million acres enrolled, C.R.P. is the nation’s largest private-lands conversation program.

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