Grassland Reserve Program
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) | Utah NRCS
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners
the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands, including
rangeland, pastureland, shrubland, and certain other lands. The purpose of GRP
is to help landowners and operators protect grazing uses and related
conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources on eligible
private lands through rental contracts and easements. The program emphasizes
support for grazing operations, which maintain and improving plant and animal
biodiversity and protection from conversion to uses other than grazing.
The benefits of GRP include: protecting vital grazing lands from conversion,
promoting agricultural stability, increasing forage production, maintaining and
improving wildlife habitat and biodiversity of plant and wildlife populations,
and providing scenic and recreational opportunities.
By participating in GRP, landowners/operators retain ownership of the land
and the right to use the land for grazing and other compatible uses.
Administration of GRP is a coordinated effort between the USDA Farm Service
Agency (FSA) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). FSA is
the lead agency responsible for the administration of rental contracts and
financial activities of the program, while NRCS has the lead responsibility for
technical assistance, regulatory compliance, and easement administration.
How GRP Works in Utah:
Eligible Landowners or operators who manage their grasslands, have an active
grazing operation, and who want to maintain and prevent their land from future
conversion from uses other than grazing can apply for GRP at their local USDA
GRP uses a continuous sign-up. Landowners may apply at any time, but,
applications must be submitted by October 1st each year to be considered for
funding in the following fiscal year.
For GRP there are two enrollment options land owners and operators can choose
Permanent Easements: This is a conservation easement that lasts in
Rental Agreements: This is an annual rental payment to the participant
for the length of a contract to maintain or restore grassland functions and
values. Contract lengths can be 10 years, 15 years, or 20 years. Rental
agreements are based on FSA rental payment rates.
To be eligible for GRP the applicant must be a person, legal entity, joint
operator, or Indian tribe, who operates or manages livestock on private or
tribal grazing lands. The applicant must also meet the Adjusted Gross Income
requirement for the program and be in compliance with highly erodible lands and
The land must be a viable grazing operation for which grazing is the
predominant use, must be under the threat of conversion to other uses other than
grazing, and must have plant and wildlife biodiversity.
Click here for additional GRP eligibility
Applications will be ranked and prioritized for funding based on the length
of the proposed agreement, overall conservation benefit, and benefits to plant
and wildlife biodiversity, and other factors. Lands enrolled in Conservation
Reserve Program (CRP) contracts that will expire in the next 12 months will also
receive funding priority.
Application materials can be obtained at the local FSA office. The materials
below provide further information about the program.
The documents below require
GRP Final Rule, November 29, 2010
Utah FY 2011 GRP Rental Rates (PDF, xx KB)
Utah FY 2011
GRP Ranking Form (PDF, 21 KB)
Utah FY 2013 GRP GARCs (PDF,
GRP Project and Funding Information
For more information on GRP, contact your local FSA or NRCS office.
For more Information, please contact your local
Email: Jeff Williams
Phone: (801) 524-4254
Email: Casey Burns
Phone: (801) 524-4566
Email: Pedro Ramos
Phone: (801) 524-4552