Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)


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Agency NameFarm Service Agency (USDA FSA)
Affiliationfederal government
Web Site http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=crp
Project Annual Funding Level varies
Range of Funding (Landowner) Cost-Share Assistance can be an amount not more than 50 percent of the particpants costs in establishing approved practices. Other incentives may apply of up to 20 percent of the annual payment for certain continuous practices only.
Criteria for funding project To be eligible for placement in CRP, land must be cropland (including field margins) that is planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity 4 of the previous 6 crop years from 2002 to 2007, and which is physically and legally capable of being planted in a normal manner to an agricultural commodity.
Geographic Coverage Area All counties in Florida
Description of Program The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) makes annual rental payments based on the agriculture rental value of the land, and it provides cost-share assistance for up to 50 percent of the participant's costs in establishing approved conservation practices. Participants enroll in CRP contracts for 10 to 15 years. Control of noxious weeds/invasive species is NOT cost-shared through CRP, but mangement of these species is required through length of contract.
When are landowner applications accepted? Applications are accepted at your local county office. To find your local office, visit FSAs website at: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/ locator/app. Producers can enroll into CRP through General or Continuous Signups. General Signup enrollment is only during designated signup periods as announced by the Secretary of Agriculture. Continuous signup enrollment is ongoing for environmentally desirable land devoted to certain conservation practices. Beginning July 23, 2012 a new Highly Erodible Cropland Initiative (HELI) will be available through CRPs continuous sign up.
Match Required?Yes. Cost-Share Assistance can be an amount not more than 50% of the particpants costs in establishing approved practices. Other incentives may apply of up to 20% of the annual payment for certain continuous practices only.
Target Invasive Species? Highly erodible croplands and other environmentally significant lands
Any other Requirements or Eligibility?Non-federal lands (private, state, muncipal or tribal lands) or federal lands when primary benefit is on associated non-federal lands on a limited basis. Must meet HEL/WC (highly erodible lands/wetland compliance) and AGI (adjusted gross income) requirements.
Agreement Required Yes Participants enroll in CRP contracts for 10 to 15 years. 
Permanent Contact PersonLocal FSA office
Contact numberVaries by county
e-mail addressrefer to web site
contacted last2014-01-14 00:00:00.0