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Economic and Policy Analysis
Natural Resources Analysis

The Natural Resources Analysis Group (NRA), Economic Policy and Analysis Staff, serves the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and USDA as the primary analytical resource for the analysis of economic issues related to existing and proposed natural resource policies and programs, particularly the following:






For more information on the CRP programs go to Conservation Programs Related Topics



CRP Reports





CRP Benefits


Fiscal Year 2010
Fiscal Year 2011
Fiscal Year 2012
Fiscal Year 2013
United States
Chesapeake Bay
Great Lakes
Mississippi River Basin
Prairie Pothole


Note: All files in the table above are in .PDF format





CRP Monitoring, Assessment and Evaluation Project (MAE)

The Farm Service Agency works with partners to identify MAE projects to quantify CRP environmental benefits to water quality and quantity, wildlife, and rural economies. Below are the results of completed projects, related studies, and a list of MAE projects that are now underway.



These studies identify multiple benefits from land enrolled the CRP, including reduced nutrient and sediment runoff from fields, improved water quality from reduced runoff, enhanced wildlife habitat, better hydrologic function, and increased carbon sequestration.



CRP enhances wildlife habitat through its millions of acres of grass, trees, and wetlands. Numerous studies have identified benefits to wildlife populations.



CRP improves water quality in multiple ways. CRP reduces the nitrogen and phosphorus leaving a field in runoff and percolate. Grass filters and riparian buffers (partial field enrollments) intercept sediment, nutrients, and other contaminants before they enter waterways. Wetlands restored and constructed by CRP improve water quality by converting nitrate nitrogen into benign atmospheric nitrogen. Additionally, the CRP provides hydrologic storage, attenuates flood waters, and helps recharge aquifers.



MAE projects often require multiple years of observation to complete. Listed are the projects that have been funded and are under way.



Numerous organizations have monitoring and assessment programs that complement FSA’s MAE project and provide information on the benefits of the CRP



For a list of Webinars available on this site, please click the Webinars link above.




Additional information

In order to access further information about the Natural Resources Analysis group, please click this link (PDF, 26 KB)





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