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Renae Heinle, private lands biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department south central district in Jamestown, on Monday stands next to CRP acres she helps set up for PLOTS land in Stutsman County.

Record-high crop prices spur conversion from grasslands to cropland

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FARGO -- When cattle producer Jason Zahn aims his pickup across the gravel roads of North Dakota, he doesn't see as many native grasses dancing along the prairie. Instead, he sees more and more black.

He sees tilled dirt or burnt fields in the middle of a conversion from grasslands to cropland.

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