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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

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Picture of CREP land in PennsylvaniaThe Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) provide technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and landowners to address soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The programs provide assistance in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. Both programs are administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning, and technical assistance for practice implementation and maintenance. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Game Commission provide additional funding for CREP.

The Conservation Reserve Program 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 tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips, or riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multi-year contract. Cost sharing is provided to establish the vegetative cover practices.
 

CRP Conservation Practice (CP) Job Sheets

(These documents require Adobe Acrobat.)

Habitat Management and Weed Control Fact Sheets

(These documents require Adobe Acrobat.)

 Landowner Guide to Buffer Success (PDF, 5.02MB)
 Visual Guide to Pennsylvania's Noxious Weeds (PDF, 7.87MB)
 Native Warm Season Grasses in Pennsylvania

For additional information about conserving natural resources through CREP and other USDA conservation programs, visit our Informational Fact Sheets page.

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Program Contacts

Katrina Thompson
Program Manager
717-237-2260

Barry Frantz
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
717-237-2216

Barry Isaacs
State Biologist
717-237-2219

Updated 06/16/2011