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Final Grassland Reserve Program Rule Published

Final Grassland Reserve Program Rule Published

Restoration program helps protect grasslands.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has issued the final rule for the Grassland Reserve Program. NRCS Chief Dave White notes more than 21 million acres of ranchland and pastureland have been lost to development over the past 25 years. He says GRP helps retain agricultural lands ensuring healthy and diverse ecosystems that benefit the landowner and the surrounding community.

GRP is a voluntary program available in all 50 states and territories. It helps landowners restore and protect grassland, rangeland, pastureland, scrubland, and other lands, and provides assistance for rehabilitating grasslands. Participants agree to limit future development and cropping uses of the land.

USDA says the final rule addresses public comments on various program definitions, wind power, native species, landowner contributions, long-term management funding, ranking priorities, state-level priorities and the terms and conditions of GRP deeds. To view the final rule, visit

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