Landowners interested in reducing soil erosion and increasing water quality and wildlife habitat while receiving a stable payment have new options with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Several CRP “Continuous” practices are available to suite a variety of soil types, slopes and habitat needs.
1. The Highly Erodible Lands Initiative (HELI) practice is available to help stop erosion on steeply sloping soils.
2. The Pheasant Recovery SAFE practice is available for parcels over 20 acres and is specifically designed to promote pheasant survival and nesting success with a combination of winter cover, nesting cover, and food plots.
3. The Pollinator Habitat practice is available to landowners wishing to promote highly diverse habitat for pollinating insects and also makes great nesting and brood rearing cover for upland birds.
In addition, the USDA has made available practices for filter strips along waterways, floodplain wetland restoration, and buffer strips on field edges or along the contour of hills.
CRP is a voluntary program designed to help farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. Through CRP enrollment, eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. The program is split between two forms of enrollment; a) general signup periods and b) continuous practices open as long as there are allocated acres available in the practice