Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

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The CREP is a cooperative effort between the United State Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wisconsin Counties and private landowners.

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is an offshoot of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the country’s largest private-land conservation program.  The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program targeted towards private landowners to place land that has a history of being cropped or pastured into permanent vegetative cover. 

CREP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), it targets high-priority conservation issues identified by local, state, or tribal governments or non-governmental organizations. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and introducing conservation practices, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural land owners are paid an annual rental rate.

Eligible land needs to be within 150 feet of a ditch, stream, lake or wetland and located in a project area.  Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10–15 years, along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement.



If you feel you meet the requirements please contact the Eau Claire County Farm Service Agency (FSA) at


to begin the enrollment process or continue to their web page:

FSA CREP Website -


DATCP CREP Homepage -

DATCP CREP for Landowners -