What Are CRP Payments?


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CRP payments are payments made to farmers enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in exchange for removing agricultural activity and production from environmentally sensitive land. Farmers receiving CRP payments are also required to plant species in the reserve area that help improve the land's quality and health.

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Farmers that are enrolled in the CRP program generally sign off conservation land for a period between 10 to 15 years, as of 2015. The CRP program was designed to help improve the quality of land in several ways, such as soil erosion prevention, wildlife habitat conservation and the improvement of water quality. The CRP was established in 1985 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

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