Agricultural Conservation: Converting Grassland to Cropland by United States Government Accountability Office

By United States Government Accountability Office

The nation's ultimate grassland has a number of very important advantages, comparable to delivering land for grazing and natural world habitat for plenty of at-risk species. even if, over the last three centuries approximately 1/2 the grassland has been switched over to different makes use of, largely cropland. as well as wasting very important grassland values, such conversions can result in elevated spending on federal farm courses, akin to crop assurance, specifically in marginal components. This e-book examines: the level of grassland conversions to cropland and the price of farm application funds for those newly switched over cropland acres; the relative value of farm application funds as opposed to different components in manufacturers' judgements to transform grassland to cropland; and, any influence the Sodbuster conservation provision - which locations soil erosion criteria on convinced switched over land - has had on restricting grassland conversions. This e-book is an excerpted and edited version.

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Thus, the annual net change in income resulting from the conversion to cropland would have been about $1,158 higher.

Available FSA and NRCS data and anecdotal information about conversions are sufficient to justify the Sod Saver proposal. Soil erosion is still a significant problem in North Dakota and South Dakota, and the conservation compliance provisions, including Sodbuster, do not prevent the conversion of native grassland to cropland. Chapter 6 CONCLUSIONS In the absence of more comprehensive and current data, policymakers and stakeholders cannot fully understand the extent of conversions of native grassland to cropland or how farm program payments and other factors influence producers’ conversion decisions.

Continued). 1 Source: GAO’s analysis of NASS’s Census of Agriculture data. Appendix IV PARTIAL BUDGET ANALYSIS FOR A PROPOSED CONVERSION OF NATIVE GRASSLAND TO CROPLAND IN CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA, 2003-2007 To assess the economic incentives to convert native grassland to cropland at the farm level, we used a partial budget analysis and a “constructed” farm scenario for a 160-acre tract in Hand County, South Dakota—a central South Dakota county that was relatively high in 2005 and 2006 conversions of grassland that had no cropping history.

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