Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
About The Program
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, reduce salinity, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. If you would like to watch an informational video on CRP, please click here.
Why is CRP important?
Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, CRP is the largest private-lands conservation program in the United States. Thanks to voluntary participation by farmers and land owners, CRP has improved water quality, reduced soil erosion, and increased habitat for endangered and threatened species. For success stories, click here.
- Bottomland Hardwoods Initiative
- Duck Habitat Initiative
- Floodplain Wetland Initiative
- Highly Erodible Land Initiative
- Honeybee Habitat Initiative
- Longleaf Pine Initiative
- Non-Floodplain and Playa Lakes Wetland Initiative
- Pollinator Habitat Initiative
- State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative
- Upland Bird Habitat Initiative
- Salinity Reducing Vegetation Establishment
Contact your local FSA county office. For contact information visit: FSA county office registry