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U.S. to Allow Farmers Plant Conservation Land to Fight Food Crisis
USAgNet - 05/27/2022

The U.S. government will let some farmers plant crops on environmentally sensitive land that had been set aside for conservation, in an effort to help mitigate the global food crisis, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Thursday.

According to Reuters, the offer is open to farmers in the final year of their contract with the agency's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), USDA said on its website. The program pays farmers to fallow acres under 10- or 15-year contracts.

The USDA said it would have to approve farmer applications to voluntarily end their contract early.

Aid groups have warned global hunger will rise this year as the war in Ukraine and drought fueled by climate change has sent global prices soaring for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer, sparking protests from Indonesia to Iran.

If approved, farmer can begin preparing land for planting after the primary nesting season - and then be able to hay, graze, and plant a fall-seeded crop before Oct. 1, 2022, the agency said.

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