MILWAUKEE -- One of America's landmark conservation programs turned 25 last week.
In a sign of the times, it was an anniversary marked by as much uncertainty as hope.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been hailed as the nation's most important and successful program of its kind, protecting water quality and soils, and creating habitat for a diverse mix of wildlife.
It was signed into law Dec. 23, 1985, by President Ronald Reagan.
The voluntary program allows farmers, ranchers and other landowners to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. As a result, CRP protects millions of acres of America's topsoil from erosion and provides benefits to water quality and wildlife.Story: