Factsheet: Conservation Reserve Program CRP

Conservation Reserve Program CRP

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Description: 
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. The CRP encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as cultivated or native bunchgrasses and grasslands, wildlife and pollinators food and shelter plantings, windbreak and shade trees, filter and buffer strips, grassed waterways, and riparian buffers.
Goal/Aim: 
Re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat
Responsible Authority: 
Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
Policies stimulating domestic use of biomass => availability for export
Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2008