Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

May 2002


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 05/15/2002. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Conservation programs took a giant leap forward with the 1985 Food Security Act, which introduced the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Wetlands Reserve and Conservation Compliance among other things. Since then, those programs have changed some but have been relatively stable both in terms of funding and type. With the recently completed “Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002” conservation programs are poised to move to an even higher plateau.