Let’s hope profit opportunities from the agricultural shortages Putin has caused don’t reverse the positive trend in CRP enrollments in South Dakota. Joshua Haiar reports that South Dakota’s acres under contract to the Conservation Reserve Program have boomed 55% over the last two years:
Paying farmers to keep their land out of production restores soil health and correlates with better downstream water quality. The Conservation Reserve Program also locks more carbon dioxide in the soil, which is a more efficient way to mitigate global warming than planting and harvesting a bunch of corn, hauling it to Ringneck or Glacial Lakes, cooking it into ethanol to burn in cars, and piping the carbon dioxide up to North Dakota for burial. That climate benefit is part of why the Biden Administration expanded CRP last year to raise enrolled acres from 21 million to 25 million and why the President this year is proposing an additional $2.4 billion in CRP funding to raise that goal to 27 million acres.