What is CREP?

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a federal-state natureal resources conservations program that addresses agricultural-related environmental concerns at the state and national level.  CREP participants receive financial incentives to voluntarily enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in contracts for 14 to 15 years.  Participants remove cropland from agricultural production and convert the land to native grasses, wetlands, trees and other vegetation.

  

What is the Indiana CREP?

The Indiana CREP is a partnership between USDA and the State of Indiana.  The program first announced in 2005, was orginally slated to enroll 7,000 acres of eligible land within three watersheds.  The 2010 expansion now covers 11 watersheds and is slated to enroll 26,250 acres.

  

What are the Potential Benefits of the Indiana CREP?

CREP is designed to help alleviate some of the concerns of high nonpoint source sediment, nutrient, pesticide and herbicide losses from agricultural lands by restoring buffers and wetlands to improve water quality.

  

Approved Practices for CREP

CP2 - Establishment of Permanent Native Grass

CP3A - Hardwood Tree Planting

CP4D - Permanent Wildlife Habitat, Noneasement

CP22 - Riparian Buffer

CP21 - Filter Strip

CP23 - Wetland Restoration

CP23A -  Wetland Restoration, Non-Floodplain

CP31 -  Bottom Timber Establishement on Wetland

  

CREP Program Information ISDA Link

CREP Program Information FSA Link

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