Conservation Reserve Program

You can't have wildlife without the right habitat. And the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, is one way to add habitat to your cropland, while protecting soil and water quality. Find out more about the benefits and details of CRP, including how to maximize your points and make your bid competitive.

The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced a general sign-up that will take place from December 1 through February 26, 2016. Now is the time to consider those spots on your farm that might benefit from CRP. The DNR has biologists and foresters who can help you explore your eligibility, options, seeding mixes and maintenance requirements. They are familiar with funding opportunities and the federal programs. They are available as a sounding board to help you find the best solution for your operation and concerns. Contact the nearest DNR wildlife biologist or forester now.

Choosing to plant more wildlife-friendly native prairie or trees is the best way for landowners to give themselves a competitive edge in the CRP bidding process. Talk to a DNR biologist or forester for more information about what you can do to increase the chances of your CRP bid being accepted. 


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DNR Factsheets on CRP

The Conservation Reserve Program is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). There are many programs that can help landowner with the cost of wildlife habitat improvements. All CRP programs will pay a landowner an annual rental payment for up to 15 years.


Wetland Restoration Practices include:
Shallow Water Area for Wildlife (CP9)
Wetland Restoration (CP23)
Wetland Restoration Non-Floodplain (CP23A)
Farmable Wetland Program (CP27 - 28)

Grassland Practices include:
Bobwhite Quail and Upland Song Bird Buffers (CP33)

Tree Planting Practices include:
Living Snow Fence (CP17A)

State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) includes:
Gaining Ground for Wildlife (CP38)
Iowa Pheasant Recovery (CP38)

Delaware County
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Cerro Gordo County
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Keokuk County
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