Conservation Reserve Program

Conservation Reserve Program - GreenwayProtecting the Greenery

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) reduces soil erosion and sedimentation in streams and lakes, improves water quality, establishes wildlife habitat, and enhances forest and wetland resources. It also protects the Nation’s ability to produce food and fiber.

CRP encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover. Examples of vegetative cover include native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filter strips, or riparian buffers.


Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multi-year contract. Cost-sharing contract applications are provided through the Farm Services Agency at 262-878-1243 to establish vegetative cover practices.