Terminate a program that pays farmers for making conservation improvements on their land

  • Potential 10 Year Savings: $10.6 Billion
  • Sponsor: Rep. Tim Scott
  • Legislation:
  • Status: Introduced

The Department of Agriculture's Conservation Stewardship Program makes payments to farmers for engaging in soil conservation activities like taking farmland out of production, injecting manure into the soil, or installing "wildlife friendly fencing." The program pays landowners up to $200,000 per farm over a five year period for engaging in a mix of these practices. Critics contend that the program pays landowners for conservation practices that they might do without any federal payments simply because they are good land management practices. Terminating the program while honoring all currently existing contracts could save up to $10.6 billion over ten years.