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The Minnesota CREP – A Plan to Improve Water Quality and Enhance Habitat

Minnesota is implementing a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that will directly address resource problems with strategic, long-term solutions. Farmers and agricultural landowners who choose to voluntarily enroll in the CREP will not only provide significant progress for the state’s water quality goals and habitat needs, but will also be part of a national model for local-state-federal partnerships.

Contact your local SWCD to find out how you can sign up for Minnesota CREP.

What is CREP?

CREP is an offshoot of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), CREP targets state-identified, high-priority conservation issues. Five Minnesota state agencies have come together to support MN CREP, including Board of Water and Soil Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Natural Resources and Pollution Control Agency. This project is a federal, state, and local partnership and will voluntarily retire environmentally sensitive land using the nationally-recognized ReInvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve program. This is accomplished through permanent protection by establishing conservation practices via payments to farmers and agricultural land owners. CREP is implemented locally through Soil and Water Conservation Districts and many other partners.

June 2018 CREP Program Update

Landowner enrollment within the 54-county Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP) project area began in May of 2017. This document reviews first-year accomplishments along with proposed payment and administrative changes.



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