Skip

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

About CRP

The four primary goals of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) are to reduce erosion, improve water quality, enhance wildlife, and improve air quality.  CRP is administered by the Farm Service Agency, a conservation partner of NRCS; however, NRCS provides technical assistance and some promotional assistance to the program.  CRP is a voluntary program in which farmers and ranchers enter into 10- to 15-year contracts with USDA to take highly erodible land and other environmentally sensitive cropland out of production by applying protective vegetative cover best suited for wildlife.  In exchange, landowners receive annual rental payments for the land and cost-share assistance for establishing conservation practices.  The program protects the Nation's most environmentally sensitive cropland.

For more information http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/cepd/crp.htm

Expiring CRP Fact Sheets

The following documents require Adobe Reader.

Considering the Alternatives:  Grazing Expired CRP Fact Sheet
  (PDF; 108 KB)
Converting CRP to Cropland - Soil Salinity & Management Options Fact Sheet  (PDF; 316 KB)
Converting Expired CRP to Cropland - Early Land Preparation Request Guidance  (PDF; 72 KB)
Converting Expired CRP to Cropland - Soil Quality and HEL Concerns  (PDF; 226 KB)
CRP Land Alternatives & Options Fact Sheet  (PDF; 150 KB)
CRP Land - Alternative Uses of Restored Wetlands Fact Sheet  (PDF; 265 KB)
CRP Land - Wetland Restoration Alternatives & Options Fact Sheet  (PDF; 167 KB)
Expiring CRP Options - Conservation Buffers 1  (PDF; 90 KB)
Expiring CRP Options - Conservation Buffers 2  (PDF; 115 KB)
 

CRP Information Sheets

The following documents require Adobe Reader and Microsoft Excel.

Continuous CRP & SAFE Practice Summary - Letter Size (PDF; 60 KB)
Continuous CRP & SAFE Practice Summary (11x17)  (PDF; 61 KB)
CP3 Tree Planting / CP3A Hardwood Tree Planting  (PDF; 218 KB) NEW!
CRP - Early Land Preparation Requests Guidance  (PDF; 43 KB)
CRP - Forest Management Activities  (PDF; 114 KB) NEW!
Economic Comparison Worksheet for a Grassed Waterway under EQIP & Continuous CRP (PDF; 21 KB)
Economic Comparison Worksheet for Saline Seep Treatment under EQIP & Continuous CRP (PDF; 20 KB)
Field Windbreak/Shelterbelt Program Comparison  (PDF; 18 KB)
Grassed Waterways, Non-easement in CRP (PDF; 162 KB)
North Dakota Comparison of EQIP and Continuous CRP for a 2-acre Waterway (XLS; 53 KB)
North Dakota Tree Planting Program Comparison (PDF; 17 KB)
Riparian Plantings in CRP (Filter Strips, Riparian Forest Buffers) (PDF; 370 KB)
Saline Cropland Treatment Opportunities in CRP (PDF; 84 KB)
Tree Plantings in CRP (Living Snow Fences, Field Windbreaks, and Shelterbelts) (PDF; 129 KB)
Wellhead Protection Areas in CRP (PDF; 309 KB)
Wetland Opportunities in CRP (PDF; 367 KB)
 

FSA Fact Sheets

The following documents require Adobe Reader and Microsoft Excel.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - Weed Control  (PDF; 32 KB)
State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) CP38 - Coteau-Drift Prairie Waterbank (PDF; 30 KB)
State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) CP38 - Eastern North Dakota Tall Grass Prairie Restoration  (PDF; 65 KB)
State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) CP38 - Southwest North Dakota Sagebrush Restoration  (PDF; 150 KB)
Permanent Introduced Grasses and Legumes CP1  (PDF; 163 KB) 
Permanent Native Grasses CP2  (PDF; 161 KB) 
Permanent Wildlife Habitat CP4D  (PDF; 85 KB) 
Wildlife Food Plot  CP12  (PDF; 45 KB) 
Rare and Declining Habitat CP25  (PDF; 65 KB) 
Pollinator Habitat CP42   (PDF; 136 KB) 

Additional Information Contacts:

Your Local Service Center

Curtis W. Bradbury
NRCS State
Biologist
Phone: 701-530-2083
E-mail: curtis.bradbury@nd.usda.gov