CRP Technical Support

Photo courtesy of Megan Waechter

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) offers financial and technical support to agricultural producers who take marginal cropland out of production and plant it back into grassland.

LPCI Conservation Reserve Program video

Lesser prairie-chickens have established a lek (courtship and breeding ground) on this CRP field in Oklahoma, which is being grazed as a part of mid-contract management.

Lesser prairie-chickens have established a lek (courtship and breeding ground) on this CRP field in Oklahoma, which is being grazed as a part of mid-contract management.

While the Farm Service Agency administers CRP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides the on-the-ground technical support for CRP-enrolled lands. The program encourages mid-contract management practices that promote habitat for grassland wildlife, like shallow disking and prescribed burning, which mimic natural disturbance dynamics.

Utilizing CRP grasslands, lesser prairie-chickens have returned to parts of their historical range, as well as to new areas they were not known to previously inhabit. CRP grasslands also increase the connectivity of prairie habitats, which helps lesser prairie-chicken populations respond to drought and other stressors.