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What is the Conservation Reserve Program?

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, landowners can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term vegetative cover practices on eligible farmland.

The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) makes annual rental payments based on the agriculture rental value of the land and provides cost-share assistance for up to 50% of the participant’s costs in establishing approved conservation practices. Participants enroll in CRP contracts for 10 to 15 years. 

Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program

CRP encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland to vegetative covers, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips or riparian buffers. Therefore, it protects millions of acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to conserve our natural resources. It reduces soil erosion, sedimentation in streams and lakes and water runoff, which protects groundwater and helps improve water quality in Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams. The vegetative covers establish wildlife habitat and therefore contribute to increased wildlife populations.

Details of CRP

Organizations Administering CRP
Who is Eligible to Participate in CRP?
Additional Cropland Requirements
CRP Payments
Ranking CRP Offers
For More Information
How Do I Sign-up?