What is the CRP?

The Conservation Reserve Program was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan as a part of the 1985 Farm Bill. This popular program is regarded by many as the greatest private lands conservation initiative in modern U.S. history. The program compensates landowners who voluntarily enroll their land to conserve soil, water, and wildlife. By renting CRP acres from landowners and providing cost-share assistance for things like seeds, trees, and labor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture helps make it financially possible for America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to invest in conservation.