Under the 2008 farm bill, funding for the Conservation Reserve Program budget was reduced by 20 percent. Bob McClellan isn't happy about it.
McClellan recently recalled a feature in an April 1989 edition of High Plains Journal, in which he said CRP was "the best thing that has ever happened to conservation, to the farm economy and for the country as a whole."
Today, McClellan says CRP budget reductions are "the wrong thing for the country to be doing. Why are we again breaking out land that wasn't worth opening up in the first place? CRP was a practical solution to a longtime problem. It should have stayed that way."
McClellan still hasn't made a decision about what to do with his land that is under CRP contracts that have either yet to expire or already have expired. Walking on the same CRP acreage that was the scene for a photo 21 years ago, McClelland surveys the now lush field of mature grasses.