Date of this Version
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts held by Nebraska producers will begin to expire in 1996. Thousands of acres of grassland will be eligible for haying, grazing or to be returned to other uses. Land-use decisions made by owners and operators will impact the economic viability and long-term productivity of individual farms, as well as the region as a whole.
The intent of the CRP Land Use Guide is not to provide all the asnwers - in many instances we don't even know the questions. It is however, intended to provide an outline of the key issues you will face when your CRP contract expires. The guide was written by people from several different agencies. It is also a collaboration of meetings by the CRP economic committee and brain storming sessions by producers, economists and industry people.
The CRP Land Use Guide is meant to point out available options, as well as some possible problems that could arise in returning grassland to crop production. It will provide a basis for you to evaluate each option from a personal perspective while considernig sound ecological and economic viewpoints.