Resource Details


Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Contracts can be for 15 years or permanent easements. CREP financial incentives include: Cost sharing of conservation practice installation Upfront incentive payments Annual soil rental payments Over the agreement lifetime, participants on average receive total combined state and federal payments per acre of $2,900 for 15-year contracts and $4,200 per acre for perpetual conservation easements on tilled land. However, these payments can range widely, depending on soil type and previous land use.


Applicants must be landowners in a CREP-eligible area, with land within 150 feet of a waterbody, with a cropping history in 4 of the last 6 years.

Top Benefits

  • Provide financial assistance to landowner, improve water quality, and maintain land in agriculture

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