The Des Moines Register reports Congress has been asked by agribusinesses to allow production on 3 million to 5 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program but hesitate, anticipating pushback from environmentalists.

Groups representing agribusinesses including livestock producers, grain traders, fertilizer manufacturers and meatpacker Tyson Foods sent a letter to Houses and Senate agriculture committees asking to make more land available for crop production. Grain supplies limited by a wet spring have increased corn, soybean and other commodity prices.

An industry analysis by ProExporter Network suggested the release of land used in programs like CRP would create political resistance from environmentalists and wildlife groups.

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Source: The Des Moines Register