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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Structural characteristics of vegetation in CRP fields in northern Missouri and their suitability as bobwhite habitat
Year: 1990
Author(s): Burger, L.W., Jr.
Source Title: Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
Source Type: Journal
pages: 74-83
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: The distribution of many wildlife species is dependent on habitat occurring on private farm lands. Most land in the Midwest is privately owned and devoted to agriculture. In 1987, more than 5 million acres (2.0 million ha) in Missouri were devoted to agriculture while only 0.3 million acres (0.12 million ha) were managed for wildlife by state natural resource agencies. Clearly, the fate of farmland wildlife depends on land-use practices on private lands. Agricultural practices that destroy wildlife habitat are routinely applied to mid-western farmland because the production of wildlife habitat has limited economic value to farmers . The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provision of the 1985 Food Security Act provides economic incentive for farmers to remove highly erodible land from production for 10 years. Although the Conservation Reserve Program is aimed at curtailing production of excess commodities and the cultivation of eroding farmland, large acreages of wildlife habitat could be produced