"The attitude right now is to increase the cropland acres and farm as much as we can. There's a demand for food, fuel and feed, so let's have it. Dave Dewald, a biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bismarck, said the federal agency has been meeting with the Game and Fish Department and conservation group Pheasants Forever to brainstorm options for life after CRP.
The program's not dead, but it's certainly on life support. "When contracts expire, you're going to be looking at about 1.5 million acres on the ground in North Dakota," Dewald said. "We're cut in half, and that's going to be a big impact for wildlife._