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What is the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative?

With the goal of restoring wildlife habitat, the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative is an integral facet of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). While CRP focuses on conservation efforts as a whole, SAFE aims specifically to protect vulnerable wildlife species from endangerment and extinction. To do so, it focuses on establishing robust, native …

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What is an Environmental Benefit Index EBI Score CRP

What is an Environmental Benefit Index (EBI) Score?

When entering a bid for General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), eligible land is evaluated based on the Environmental Benefit Index (EBI). This comprehensive ranking system is used to measure the overall environmental benefits of your proposed CRP project. Each CRP submission is ranked with an EBI score by the FSA and compared to other applicants …

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What is the Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)?

On June 14, 2022, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced the return of the Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The restoration of this incentive-based program provides an excellent opportunity for Illinois farmers to take advantage of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) benefits on their land. While …

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National Pollinator Week

It’s National Pollinator Week! Make the Most of Your Pollinators in 2022

This week, June 20 through June 26, is National Pollinator Week! To celebrate, we’ve highlighted how you can not only help save pollinators from decline but also reap the benefits of attracting these vital creatures to your land. The importance of pollinators The value of pollinators to our ecosystem cannot be overstated. Almost 80% of …

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CRP Practices for Carbon Sequestration

CRP Practices to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The environmental benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) are vast, but one of the most impactful is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through CRP practices, 30 million metric tons of CO2 were removed from the atmosphere in 2020, the equivalent of removing 6 million cars from the road. While all CRP practices …

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What's New with CRP

What’s New with CRP?

Chances are, if you’re a landowner participating in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), you don’t have much time to stay up to date on the most recent CRP news. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the latest updates, improvements, and initiatives of CRP to keep you in the loop. 2022 Enrollment As of May 13, …

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Can CRP Save Your Pollinators?

Can the Conservation Reserve Program Save Your Pollinators?

It’s no secret that pollinator species across the US are endangered, but the massive and potentially catastrophic consequences of pollinator extinction may not be as well known. Honey bees, native bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, and other insects pollinate over three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and 35% of the world’s food, making these creatures critical …

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What is CRP Doing for Your Soil

What is CRP Doing for Your Soil?

Aside from improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitats, one of the primary goals of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is to reduce soil erosion. Erosion of soil is a major environmental concern, as it deteriorates the quality of both the soil and water on your land. Eventually, this can lead to land that can …

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Conservation Reserve Program Sign Up 2022

Reminder – Sign Up for CRP by March 11!

If you’re planning to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this year, be sure to submit your application soon! This year’s deadline to apply for General CRP is March 11, 2022. By enrolling in the program, landowners and farmers can establish conservation practices on their land to protect vulnerable soil from erosion, enhance water …

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Conservation Reserve Program Pros and Cons

CRP Pros and Cons

If you’re considering enrolling your land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), you likely already have some idea of the benefits of participating in this program. But you may be wondering what, if anything, are the drawbacks to CRP? While the positives of participating in CRP certainly outweigh the negatives, it’s important to understand both …

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