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  • Two weeks in the West

    Wind and solar energy projects ramp up across the West; Conservation Reserve Program ramps down; the West’s volcanic history; potatoes are good for you.

  • Farmland conservation program may be plowed under

    Farmland conservation program may be plowed under

    The Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to idle highly erodible cropland, is facing budget cuts and other challenges.

  • Not all government programs need cutting

    Not all government programs need cutting

    The Conservation Reserve Program has encouraged millions of acres of idled farmland to be used as wildlife habitat, but now it may be plowed under by a budget-cutting Congress.

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