Mixed grasses growing in a parcel of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program is seen near Tribune, Kan. Millions of acres of CRP nationwide will be returned to farmland. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption toggle caption Charlie Riedel/AP The Salt Farm Subsidies Birds And Fish Would Choose October 17, 2011 In farm communities, there are mixed feelings on conservation payments. Farmer Don Teske, of Wheaton, Kansas, says "the perception is that you're being paid to do nothing." They don't want to be park rangers, they want to farm.