Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
FACT SHEET FOR LANDOWNERS
CREP focuses on protecting water quality and improving wildlife habitat through the voluntary installation of vegetated buffers. These buffers reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients entering Virginia's waterways.
Cropland or pastureland adjacent to streams, ponds or wetlands and used to produce food or fiber two of the last five years is eligible. All cropland and un-forested pastureland acres within the Chesapeake Bay watershed are eligible.
Permanent hayland is not eligible for CREP.
CREP Economics – Filter Strips on Croplands
CREP Economics - Forested Buffers on Pasturelands
Non-competitive sign-up is now open.
There are four categories of payments available to qualified participants:
Rental Payments: CREP rental payments will be made on contracted buffer acres for either 10 or 15 years (your choice). Rent of up to $100/acre/year (depending on land use and soil type) is available in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The rental rates include a federal $5/acre/year payment for maintenance and a Commonwealth of Virginia $5/acre/year rental payment. The Commonwealth's rental payment will be made as a lump sum after all conservation practices are installed and approved.
Cost-Share Payments: Those planting a hardwood tree buffer 35 to 100 feet wide next to cropland or pastureland are eligible for up to 75 percent cost-share reimbursement. This payment also applies to those planting a buffer of native warm season grasses adjacent to cropland. As much as 75 percent federal and state cost-share reimbursement for buffer fencing and alternative livestock water sources is available as well.
Incentive Payments: A signing incentive payment of $10/acre/year and a practice incentive payment equal to 40 percent of the eligible cost for conservation practice installation are available, in addition to cost-share payments.
State Tax Credit: State tax credit of 25 percent of the total eligible cost contributed by the cooperator is available, not to exceed $17,500.
Optional Permanent Easement: After the installation of conservation practices, the Commonwealth of Virginia will pay an additional $1,000/acre for the recordation of a permanent open space easement to protect the buffer in perpetuity.
Application forms and information are available at your local FSA office, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District office or Natural Resources Conservation Service office.
For more information call us at (540) 347-3120, or write to: 98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 31, Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Date Last Modified: 08/06/2008