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