Land must be protected [UPDATED]Published 9:23am Friday, September 13, 2013 Updated 11:24am Friday, September 13, 2013
A recent analysis that shows Otter Tail County is among the highest in the nation in terms of Conservation Reserve Program contracts and acres is truly a good thing.
Over the years, farmers who have taken advantage of the CRP program — in Otter Tail County, there are 150 CRP contracts and more than 75,000 acres of CRP land — have received criticism for, in essence, being paid by the federal government not to farm.
However, considering the value of farmland and commodities these days, clearly, farmers deserve praise for keeping land in CRP.
Land in CRP – typically containing wetlands, hilly areas or poor soils for farming — creates excellent habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, and provides protection for water and soil overall.
With its lakes, rivers, woods and hills, Otter Tail County’s land is a treasure we must protect. Keeping land in CRP is an important component in doing just that.