Waterfowl and wildlife aren't the only ones hurting from fewer Conservation Reserve Program acres on the landscape. Hunters also are starting to feel the pinch as acres expire and leave the program, causing access to these once-bountiful lands to dwindle.
Hunters in Kansas are already feeling the loss: more than half of the state's walk-in access programs are enrolled in CRP. Other states' walk-in access programs for hunter may also be affected by CRP acres expiring, as the USDA works toward the 32-million maximum acreage cap set by the 2008 Farm Bill.
Millions of acres of CRP are set to expire, and new enrollment in the program will not happen until the mandated cap is reached. Ducks Unlimited continues to work with landowners who want to keep their expiring CRP contracts in conservation, as well as working with Congress and the USDA to find waterfowl- and farmer-friendly solutions for agriculture and conservation.