This program intends to improve water quality and quantity, increase groundwater recharge, enhance wildlife, control invasive species, and improve near-shore coral reef health and diversity by filtering agricultural runoff. Managed by the Farm Services Administration (FSA) in cooperation with the Hawai’i Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) , NRCS provides the technical assistance necessary to enroll and implement plan practices.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program provides assistance to farmers and ranchers in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. The program is funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). CRP is administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning and practice implementation.
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.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) have not yet been authorized by Congress for 2015. NRCS will be taking contact information in the event Congress authorizes the programs for 2015. Contact NRCS about starting a Conservation Plan that can help address the resource concerns of your property and operation as well as laying the foundation for participating in all of our cost-share and easement programs.