Conservation Reserve Program

Protecting the Greenery

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) reduces soil erosion, protects the Nation’s ability to produce food and fiber, reduces sedimentation in streams and lakes, improves water quality, establishes wildlife habitat, and enhances forest and wetland resources. It encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as 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 though the Farm Services Agency at 262-878-1243 to establish the vegetative cover practices.