Maryland Department of Agriculture
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The federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program that compensates landowners who agree to adopt certain conservation practices instead of actively farming their land. Participants establish long-term vegetative covers that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance or create wildlife habitat on environmentally sensitive cropland or, in some cases, on marginal pastureland.
Rental payments not to exceed $50,000/yr. CRP encourages wetland restoration by offering 25% of incurred costs in addition to 50% cost-share provided to establish approved cover.
Range of funding from ~$50 to $50,000, avg. $4,000.
Streamside buffers, filter strips, grassed waterways, contour grass strips, salt-tolerant vegetation, and shallow water areas for wildlife.
Landowners; land must have been in commodity crops for two out of the last five most recent years.
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