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Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)

Upland Prairie Cows grazing on farm.

The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary conservation program that emphasizes support for working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland under threat of conversion to other uses.

Participants voluntarily limit future development and cropping uses of the land while retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices and operations related to the production of forage and seeding, subject to certain restrictions during nesting seasons of bird species that are in significant decline or are protected under Federal or State law. A grazing management plan is required for participants.

Emphasis for enrollment into GRP in Illinois is placed on:

  • Preservation and restoration of native and natural grasslands
  • Protection of grasslands from threat of conversion
  • Support of grazing operations
  • Maintenance and improvement of plant and animal diversity

GRP is reauthorized in the Section 2403 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246)  (2008 Farm Bill) and is administered jointly by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA).

 

Easement Program Funding Expiration
The enrollment authority for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), and the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP) expired on September 30, 2013. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is not authorized to take applications or enter into any new contracts, agreements, or enrollments at this time. These NRCS easement programs will not be available for new enrollments until either the current legislation is extended or a new Farm Bill is enacted. The Agency will continue to service prior-year enrollments in these programs.

HOWEVER, we still want to talk to you about your gazing operation!! Stop by your local office to discuss other grazing options that might be available to you as a landowner.
 

GRP Documentation

Format/
Size

Date
Issued

File Name

File Description

PDF
49kb

2/12

 GRP Fact Sheet  Brief description of program

PDF
70kb

2/12

AD-1153 Application for long-term contract

PDF
78kb

2/12

AD-1153 Instructions  Instructions for filling out application

PDF
43kb

2/12

GRP Ranking Criteria Criteria needed to apply for GRP

PDF
92kb

1/13

GRP Map 2013 Geographic Area Rate Caps


National GRP Information

Illinois NRCS Program Contact

Paula Hingson, Assistant State Conservationist for Easement Programs
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service
2118 W. Park Court
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217.353.6602
Email: paula.hingson@il.usda.gov