Better for Water, Better for Landowners, Better for Wildlife

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Published on: Dec. 2, 2006

Last revision: Nov. 30, 2010

sign-up incentive payments provided by the state partners can equal from $125 to more than $350 per acre depending on the soil type and the location of the acres.

The expansion of CREP to include new river and lake watersheds (see map) brings statewide opportunities for landowners and farmers wishing to improve wildlife habitats and drinking water supplies

Lands Eligible for CREP

CREP is convenient for producers because it is based on the familiar, highly successful Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) model. With limited exceptions, land must be owned or leased for at least one year prior to enrollment to be eligible for CREP. The acres offered must be physically and legally capable of being cropped in a normal manner.

Land must also meet cropping history and other eligibility requirements. CREP enrollment is on a continuous basis, permitting farmers and ranchers to join the program at any time, rather than waiting for a specific sign-up period.

The CREP typically targets cropland acres. However, pasture acres adjacent to streams, ponds or other water sources can also be enrolled as either riparian tree buffers (CP22), wildlife buffers (CP29) or wetland buffers (CP30). Buffer widths on pastureland depend upon the practice and can range from a minimum of 25 feet to a maximum of 120 to 180 feet.

The following are eligible practices:

  • Native Grass Establishment (CP2)—Plant warm-season grass for cover
  • Wildlife Habitat Establishment (CP4D)—Plant warm-season grass and shrubby cover for wildlife
  • Grassed Waterways (CP8A)
  • Grass Cover Already Established (CP10)—Re-enroll warm-season grass established in previous CRP signups
  • Contour Grass Strips (CP15A)—Plant grass strips alternated with wider cultivated strips
  • Grass Filter Strips (CP21)—Plant grass buffers 25’–120’ wide adjacent to water sources
  • Riparian Buffer Strips (CP22)—Plant buffers to trees 50’–180’ wide adjacent to water sources
  • Wetland Restoration (CP23)—Restore the functions of wetland ecosystems
  • Rare and Declining Habitat (CP25)—Establish oak savanna or prairie habitats
  • Wildlife Habitat Buffers on Pasture (CP29)—Establish wildlife-friendly buffers adjacent to water sources
  • Wetland Buffer on Pasture (CP30)—Establish wildlife-friendly buffers on wetland soils adjacent to water sources
  • Bottomland Timber Establishment on Wetland Acres (CP31)—Plant hardwood trees
  • Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds (CP33)—Establish warm-season grass buffers around cropped fields to benefit bobwhite quail and other grassland birds


Are you in a CREP watershed?

For more information on improving your land with CREP, visit your local Farm Service Agency office. Landowners can apply for the program at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices.

Estimated CREP Payment On 1 Acre Enrolled in the Riparian Buffer Strips On Cropland Practice (CP22)

  • FSA Annual Soil Rental Payment 1 Acre X $85 average payment per acreX 20% Incentive=$17 per acre= $102 per year
  • FSA Sign-up Incentive Payment 1 Acre X $100 per acre= $100 One-time payment
  • MDC Incentive Payment 1 Acre X $100 per acre= $100 One-time payment
  • Public Water Supply Grant

*only where eligible 1 Acre X $85 average annual soil rental paymentX 150%= $127.50 One-time payment


$102 per year per acre for 15 years and $327 in one-time payments per acre

Additional money is available from FSA and DNR for installing and maintaining the practice.

Contact your county FSA office for more information.

An additional one-time incentive of 150% of the annual soil rental rate is offered through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rural Water Grant. Public drinking water systems, which qualify for this grant, are marked with stars on the watershed map. These water systems must have a signed agreement with the DNR in order for landowners to receive this payment.

Eligible drinking water systems include:

Archie, Bates Co. PWSD #2, Bethany, Bowling Green, Breckenridge, Brookfield, Bucklin, Butler, Cameron, Cass Co. PWSD #7, Clinton, Concordia, Creighton, Daviess Co. PWSD #3, Drexel, Fayette, Fredericktown, Garden City, Green City, Hamilton, Harrison Co. PWSD #1, Harrisonville, Harry S Truman PWSD #2, Higginsville, Henry Co. PWSD #3, Henry Co. Water Company, Holden, Ironton, King City, Lamar, Macon, Marceline, Maysville, Memphis, Milan, Moberly, Monroe City, Plattsburg, Perryville, Rich Hill, Savannah, Shelbina, Smithville, Unionville, Vandalia, Wellsville.

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