A program for agriculture producers and land owners interested in conservation practices can help pay rent on land devoted to conservation practices. 

The program, called the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is administered by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. 

Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. Farmers and ranchers who participate in CRP help provide numerous benefits to their local region and the nation’s environment and economy. CRP general signup is held annually and is competitive, according to a press release from the Iowa Farm Service Agency. General signup includes increased opportunities for wildlife habitat enrollment through the State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative.