Resources Conservation Program Signup Starts March 12

General sign-up for a federal natural resources conservation program begins March 12.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s voluntary Conservation Reserve Program is available to agricultural producers and aims to protect natural resources while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities.  

Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Currently, about 30 million acres are enrolled in CRP.

Environmental benefits from the land offered include:

  • Wildlife habitat benefits resulting from covers on contract acreage
  • Water quality benefits from reduced erosion, runoff and leaching
  • On-farm benefits from reduced erosion
  • Benefits that will likely endure beyond the contract period
  • Air quality benefits from reduced wind erosion
  • Cost

"CRP is an important program for protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion and sedimentation, and for ensuring the sustainability of our groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams,” said Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse.

The four-week signup period ends April 6. Learn more about the program here.