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Peterson hails anniversary of CRP effort

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota, made the following statement Thursday in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The program was formed as part of the 1985 Farm Bill and covers 30 million acres across the United States.

"The Conservation Reserve Program enables our nation's farmers and ranchers to protect and preserve their land while also providing us with clean air and water, and areas to hunt and fish. I am proud that the last farm bill did more for conservation than any previous bill and will remain committed to conservation efforts as we look to the 2012 Farm Bill."