Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

What is the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program?

CREP Filter StripThe Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), CREP targets high-priority conservation concerns identified by a State, and federal funds are supplemented with non-federal funds to address those concerns. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and establishing permanent resource conserving plant species, farmers and ranchers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement.  Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10–15 years.

How Is CREP Different From Continuous CRP?

You may have read information about Continuous CRP and are wondering how it differs from CREP. While both programs focus on environmentally sensitive land, CREP is a partnership between state governments and the federal government. This partnership is in place to address a high priority conservation concerns. Land cannot be enrolled in CREP if your state does not have a CREP agreement.

How Do I enroll?

Your state must have a CREP agreement in place with FSA. If there is an agreement, land can be enrolled in CREP on a continuous basis provided it meets the eligibility requirements for the program. Any land that meets basic CRP eligibility requirements, plus the additional requirements for a specific CREP project, may be eligible for enrollment. Most additional CREP land eligibility requirements apply to the location and characteristics of the land to be enrolled. All enrollment offers are processed through your local FSA office.

Why Should I Enroll?

In addition to contributing to improvement of the environment in multiple ways, those enrolled in CREP receive an annual rental payment for their enrolled acres and may be eligible for additional incentives. FSA also provides cost-sharing to help offset the costs associated with installing the conservation practices.

For further information about the program, including rental payment information, eligibility and maintenance criteria, and land requirements, visit your local FSA office


CREP Fact Sheets

Arkansas

  • Bayou Meto
  • Cache River/Bayou DeView
  • Illinois River

Colorado

  • Republican River
  • Rio Grande
  • High Plains

Delaware

  • Chesapeake, Delaware and Inland Basins

Florida

  •  Fact Sheet

Hawaii

Idaho

  • Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer

Illinois

  • Illinois and Kaskaskia River

Indiana

  • North Central Iowa

Iowa

  • North Central Iowa

Kansas

  • Upper Arkansas River

Kentucky

  • Green River

Louisiana

  • Lower Ouachita River

Maryland

  •  Fact Sheet

Michigan

  •  Fact Sheet

Mississippi

Missouri

  •  Fact Sheet

Montana

Nebraska

  • Platte/Republican Resources Area

New Jersey

  •  Fact Sheet

New York

North Carolina

  •  Fact Sheet

North Dakota

  •  Fact Sheet

Ohio

  • Upper Big Walnut
  • Scioto River
  • Lake Erie

Oklahoma

  •  Fact Sheet

Oregon

  •  Fact Sheet

Pennsylvania

South Dakota

  • James River Watershed

Vermont

  •  Fact Sheet

Virginia

  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Southern Rivers

Washington

  •  Fact Sheet

West Virginia

  •  Fact Sheet

Wisconsin

  •  Fact Sheet