The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program that offers annual rental payments, incentive payments for certain activities, and cost-share assistance to establish approved cover on eligible cropland. The program encourages farmers to plant long-term resource-conserving covers to improve soil, water, and wildlife resources.
Assistance is available in an amount equal to not more than 50% of the participant's costs in establishing approved practices.
The contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.
NRCS is responsible for the planning process within CRP, while administration and funding is implemented through FSA (Farm Service Agency).
Additional information about CRP can be found at the North Carolina Natural Resources Conservation Service website