Conservation Reserve Program


The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner.  CRP encourages landowners to convert highly erodible cropland and other environmentally sensitive areas to permanent cover, such as introduced or native grasses, trees, filter strips, riparian forest buffers, wetlands, and shallow water habitats. 

CRP is funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).  CCC makes annual rental payments based on the agriculture rental value of the land, and provides cost-share assistance for up to 50 percent of the participant’s eligible costs to establish approved conservation practices.  Participants enroll in CRP contracts for 10 to 15 years.  The program is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), with technical assistance provided by MDA with help from NRCS.