Agricultural Conservation Programs /
Conservation Reserve Program


The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was authorized under the 1985 Food Security Act (FSA). It is a voluntary program that encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland and other environmentally sensitive cropland areas to permanent vegetative cover. Permanent cover options include grasses, and legumes, tree plantings, wildlife plantings, filter strips, and riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multiyear contracts. Cost share assistance is provided to establish the vegetative cover practices.

George Johnson stands amongst native grasses and forbs planted on his property with CRP assistance.