By United States Government Accountability Office
The nation's final grassland has numerous very important advantages, similar to supplying land for grazing and flora and fauna habitat for lots of at-risk species. besides the fact that, over the last three centuries approximately 1/2 the grassland has been switched over to different makes use of, mostly cropland. as well as wasting very important grassland values, such conversions can result in elevated spending on federal farm courses, equivalent to crop coverage, specifically in marginal parts. This publication examines: the level of grassland conversions to cropland and the price of farm application funds for those newly switched over cropland acres; the relative value of farm software funds as opposed to different components in manufacturers' judgements to transform grassland to cropland; and, any effect the Sodbuster conservation provision - which locations soil erosion criteria on convinced switched over land - has had on proscribing grassland conversions. This ebook is an excerpted and edited version.
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E Cow prices are bred female prices for “young and middle aged” bred cows from the central region of the United States which includes South Dakota, obtained from Drovers. For 2007, bred female prices are average monthly prices for the first 5 months of 2007, January through May. Chapter 5 SODBUSTER HAS HAD LITTLE IMPACT ON NATIVE GRASSLAND CONVERSIONS Sodbuster has had little impact in limiting the conversion of native grassland to cropland, in part because much of the native grassland converted in recent years is not highly erodible and therefore not subject to Sodbuster.
2 Source: GAO’s analysis of NRCS’s NRI data. Notes: (1) The amounts in parentheses represent the two-sided 95 percent confidence interval. (2) This table does not include other land-use categories, which did not have large changes during this period. These land-use categories are forest land, water areas, and other rural areas.  It gathers information about the nation’s agricultural production and provides agricultural data for every state and county in the United States. Tables 8 and 9 show net changes in uses of land in farms between the years 1978 and 1992, and 1997 and 2002, as reported by the Census of Agriculture.
For the data obtained from the other sources noted above, we did not independently verify the data, but we discussed with these sources, as appropriate, the measures they take to ensure the accuracy of these data. For the purposes for which the data were used in this report, these measures seemed reasonable. S. S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service’s National Resources Inventory is a statistical survey of natural resource conditions and trends on nonfederal land in the United States.