Conservation Reserve Program

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary!

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CRP Sign-Up Info

CRP General Sign-up 49 runs from Dec. 1, 2015, through Feb. 26, 2016. Read here for updates on the sign-up

CRP Continuous Sign-up is ongoing.


  Prospective Participants/General Public                                    Current Participants  


         FSA Partners                                                                                 Employees

 What is the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)?
Thumbnail image depicting Farmable Wetland Program lands

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, 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

CRP Initiatives

In the News

USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range and Pasture Lands

USDA Energy Biomass Retrieval Incentives to Begin June 30

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

Secretary Vilsack Announces Additional 800,000 Acres Dedicated to Conservation Reserve Program for Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Wildlife Habitat Conservation Program Reaches 1 Million Acres

Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation Reserve Program

USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

USDA and Interior Department Green Light Conservation Practices for Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners in Five Lesser Prairie-Chicken States

Sign-Up 45 State Booklet

Sign-Up 45 County Booklet

USDA Issues Conservation Reserve Program Rental Payments, Direct Payments and ACRE Payments

USDA Announces Results for 45th Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-Up

USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up

USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Fulfills Commitment to Designate 1 Million Additional Conservation Acres to Support Wildlife Habitat Restoration