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.
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. 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.
- 60,000 acres
- 54 counties in southern and western Minnesota
- Approximately $500 million total with $350 million from USDA and $150 from the State
- Prioritize water quality and habitat through the restoration and protection of marginal cropland using the following conservation practices:
- Buffer Strips
- Wetland restoration
- Wellhead Protection Areas
- Voluntary approach using a combination of the USDA-FSA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the nationally-recognized state Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) conservation easement program
CREP Overview Fact Sheet (February 13, 2017)
MN CREP Overview PowerPoint (February 14, 2017)
CREP Memo from John Jaschke (February 1, 2017)