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Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)

South Carolina 2013 Grassland Reserve Program Information

General Description

The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance grasslands on their property.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) are coordinating implementation of GRP, which helps landowners restore and protect grassland, rangeland, pastureland, shrubland and certain other lands and provides assistance for rehabilitating grasslands.  The program will conserve vulnerable grasslands from conversion to cropland or other uses and conserve valuable grasslands by helping maintain viable grazing operations.  A grazing management plan is required for participants.

South Carolina’s 2012 GRP Ranking Criteria

South Carolina’s ranking criteria was developed with input from the South Carolina State Technical Committee whose members represent a variety of interests. Click on the link in the shaded box below to view the Easement Ranking Worksheet. 

Ranking Period

Applications for the Grassland Reserve Program are accepted at USDA Service Centers on a continuous basis with one or more ranking and selection periods per fiscal year.  Click on the link in the shaded box below to view the Program Application Form.  The GRP ranking period for fiscal year 2012 will run through December 9, 2011. Applications that are not selected for funding in fiscal year 2012 will be deferred and considered for funding during the next ranking period.

Enrollment Options

Area 1 GARC Counties= Abbeville, McCormick, Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens

Area 2 GARC Counties= Fairfield, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg and Union

Area 2 GARC Counties= Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Kershaw and York

Rest of State= Counties not included in GARC Areas

  • Permanent Easements.  Payments are based on the Geographic Area Rate Cap (GARC).
             Area 1= $2,008/acre
             Area 2= $1,980/acre
             Area 3= $2,035/acre
             Rest of State= $2, 008/acre
  • Rental Agreements.  10, 15, or 20 year options are available.  Seventy-five percent of the grazing value will be paid in annual payments for the length of the agreement. Rental rates for your county are available.  Click on the link in the shaded box below to view the Rental Rates by County.
  • Restoration Agreements.  Up to 90 percent of the restoration cost on grassland or shrubland that has never been cultivated and not more that 75 percent on restored grassland or shrubland that has been cultivated.

2013 Grassland Reserve Program Documents  NEW!

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Sabrenna Bryant at 803-765-5419.

These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

2012 GRP Application - AD 1153 (PDF; 71 KB)
2012 GRP Adjusted Gross Income Statement - CCC-926 (PDF; 125 KB)
2012 GRP Easement Deed (PDF; 59 KB)
2012 GRP Easement Ranking Worksheet (PDF; 59 KB)
2012 GRP Fact Sheet (PDF; 50 KB)
2012 GRP Rental Rates by County (PDF; 47 KB)
2012 GRP Rental Contract Ranking Worksheet (PDF; 58 KB)

National Grassland Reserve Program Information