Farm equipment rolls across many acres in this country as producers work to provide food for both the U.S. and the world.
However, a program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture may encourage some to set aside a portion of their land for environmental efforts. The Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program was authorized to set aside 32 million acres through the 2008 Farm Bill.
The USDA will start a general sign-up period starting on August 2. This will last until August 27, 2010. Jim Miller, an undersecretary with the federal department, said that farmers and ranchers have held an important position in helping environmental efforts for almost 25 years.
"Today's announcement will help us create a greener and healthier America, and I encourage all interested farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn more how to take advantage of this opportunity," Miller said.
Through the initiative, farmers can get some money for setting aside land and planting vegetation that can help reduce erosion. In return, producers can get rental fees and assistance from the government.