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CRP sees shift in focus and reduction in use in north-central Montana


Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

A pair of birds fly away from a pond near an area with a relatively high amount of land in the Conservation Reserve Program north of Havre. The focus for CRP has evolved over the last few years, along with a reduction of rates in the program, and the amount of land enrolled in the program in north-central Montana has significantly dropped.

Conservation Reserve Program land has greatly reduced in Hill County since it's peak in 2007, Farm Service Agency Chief Farm Program Specialist Leslie Rispens said, but the decline is due to a variety of factors as well as the federal government taking a new approach to the conservation program.

"The reason for decline is complex and cannot be attributed to just one factor," he said.

The website of the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, which tracks CRP and other conservation efforts, said Hill County in 2007 had 658 different participants participating in CRP, with 299,380 acres enr...

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