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.



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 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 Authorizes Additional Flexibilities for Producers in Northern Great Plains (June 29, 2017) **NEW**
  • USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump's Directive  (April 2017)
  • USDA Announces Additional Financial Incentives for Conservation Reserve Program Participants to Improve Forest Health and Enhance Wildlife Habitat (December 2016)
  • USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat  (December 2016)
  • Signup 49 County Booklet
  • Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation Reserve
  • CRP&SPEIS AO Signed