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CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP)

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French Equivalent: Programme de mise en réserve des terres fragiles (CRP)

Definition:
USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion, and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a major provision of the United States’ Food Security Act of 1985 and extended under several reform acts.

Context:
The CRP features a lot of benefits. It protects millions of acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to safeguard the Nation's natural resources. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP pro-tects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to in-creased wildlife populations in many parts of the country.

Source Publication:
USDA Farm Service Agency, 2010. Conservation Reserve Program. website.

Cross References:
Conservation
Conservation tillage

Hyperlink:
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=pfs&newstype=prfactsheet&type=detail&item=pf_20100726_consv_en_crp.html

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Agricultural policy indicators

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, April 15, 2013