Grasslands Reserve Program
The 2002 farm bill (P.L. 107-171, Sec 2401), authorizes enrollment of 2 million acres (8,100 km2) of restored or improved grassland, range land and pastureland under temporary and permanent easements, or contracts of at least 10 years. Under the Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP), enrolled land must be in parcels that exceed 40 acres (160,000 m2). Technical assistance is provided to restore grasslands. A total of $254 million in mandatory funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) between FY2003 and FY2007 is provided. It also provides cost sharing payments at 75% to restore disturbed grasslands and 90% to protect virgin grasslands.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Congressional Research Service document "Report for Congress: Agriculture: A Glossary of Terms, Programs, and Laws, 2005 Edition" by Jasper Womach.