Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) & Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program for farmers to convert environmentally sensitive farmland into riparian forest, grass buffers, or wetlands. Landowners who enroll in CREP agree to take certain crop fields, or portions of crop fields, out of production and to plant selected trees or grasses to be maintained for a period of time ranging from 10-15 years. Participants receive annual rental payments from the USDA based on the agricultural land value throughout the contract period duration. Cost-share payments may also be available to help establish the practices, for example installing permanent cover.