The Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP)

The Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) provides incentive for landowners to improve water quality and increase wildlife on cropland. The federal government will share in the cost of implementing conservation practices such as filter strips, grassed waterways, and riparian buffers. The federal government also makes annual rental payments to landowners in exchange for their agreement to keep the land out of crop production. Extra payments are offered to provide incentives to implement particular conservation practices. This program is a component of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Land Use Cropland
Focus Cost-share payments, Rental payments, Incentive payments
Resource Concern Water quality, Wildlife habitat
Purpose The environmental purpose is to reduce erosion, increase wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and increase forestland. This program also works to restore and protect highly erodible farmland, farmed wetlands, and riparian buffers.
Landowner Benefits Landowners can receive annual rental payments and cost-share payments for taking the land out of production and establishing long-term vegetative cover. Technical assistance and incentive payments are also available.
Description The Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) provides annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term vegetative cover. This will help to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat on eligible farmland and helps landowners safeguard environmentally sensitive areas. The Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) allows eligible environmentally desirable lands to be enrolled at any time.
Practices Riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, wetland buffers, filter strips, wetland restoration, grassed waterways, shelterbelts, living snow fences, contour grass strips, salt tolerant vegetation, or shallow water areas for wildlife.
Costs to Landowner Landowners must pay at least 50% of the costs of establishing the conservation practice. Needed and required maintenance practices may also be eligible for 50% cost-share.
Eligibility Landowners are eligible if they owned or operated the land for at least 12 months. Lands are considered eligible if they have a cropping history for 4 of the previous 6 years and are subject to erosion. Certain marginal pasturelands are eligible if enrolled in the Water Bank Program or suitable for use as a riparian buffer or other similar water quality purposes.
Contract The contract is between 10 and 15 years and is transferable with a change in ownership.
Other Notes
Landowner Initiation
  • Contact the local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) or Farm Service Agency (FSA) where you own land.
  • Ask about enrolling land into the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP).