USDA Expanding Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

USDA Farm Service Agency has announced updates to the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). CREP is part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and enables USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), through Farm Service Agency (FSA), and partners to co-invest in partner-led projects. CREP also plays an important role in USDA’s broader climate change strategy, bringing together producers, landowners and partners for climate-smart land management. USDA has updated the CREP rule regarding matching fund requirements, allowing partners to provide the required 50% matching funds in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, or technical assistance. Additionally, USDA has invested in additional staff to work directly with partners for streamlined, partner-driven conservation efforts.