Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
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.
Maryland NRCS does not currently offer GRP.
National GRP Information
The following forms are available on the USDA Service Center EForms Web Site. These documents require Adobe Acrobat.
Form AD-1153, Application for Long-Term Contracted Assistance
Form CCC0920, Grassland Reserve Program Contract
Form CCC0920 Appendix, Grassland Reserve Program Contract
Form AD-1155, Conservation Plan and Schedule of Operations
Form AD-1155A, Conservation Plan and Schedule of Operations, Signatures
Form AD-1156, Conservation Plan and Schedule of Operations Modification
FY05 Program Summary (PDF; 107 KB)
Maryland Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) Ranking Criteria (PDF; 114 KB)
Farm Bill Specialist
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
or your local service center