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Mississippi Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)

The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners and operators who manage livestock on private and tribal lands the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grassland.  The program emphasizes support for grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity; and protection of grassland under the threat of conversion of uses other than grazing.

The beHorses grazingnefits of GRP include protecting vital grazing lands from conversion, promotion agricultural stability, maintaining and improving wildlife habitat and biodiversity of wildlife populations, and increasing forage production.

The landowners and operator approved for GRP funding 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a person, legal entity, joint operator, or Indian tribe that manages livestock on grassland.
  • There are no minimum acreage requirements for the GRP.
  • Applicants for enrollment through permanent easements must provide clear evidence that they own the land.  Rental contract applicants must own or provide written evidence of control of the property for the duration of the rental contract. 
  • Participants will be required to implement a grazing management plan developed by NRCS
  • Be in compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions of the Farm Bill and must meet the adjusted gross income requirements for the program.

Enrollment Options

How to Apply

GRP has not been authorized and no applications are being taken at this time.

Additional Information

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Historical Grassland Prairie Soils (99KB; PDF)

State Contact:

Ronald McCain, Natural Resource Specialist (Programs), 601-965-4139 ext 254 

Rental Contracts:
Ronald McCain, Natural Resource Specialist (Programs), 601-965-4139 ext 254 

For further information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Service Center.