Often when I sit down to work with a client to buy a farm or recreational property at some point we discuss both wildlife habitat and income opportunities. These two topics don’t always go hand-in-hand, however in the instance of CRP that’s exactly the case.
CRP stands for the Conservation Reserve Program, a program which allows land owners to take productive agriculture ground and return it to a more natural state with native grasses, shrubs, and trees. In the process the landowner will be paid a set dollar amount on a per acre basis. In many cases this is an attractive option for a landowner looking for a small return on a tract intended for hunting or wildlife conservation.
According to the FSA over 24 million acres were enrolled in CRP during the 2015 calendar year.
“Over the past 30 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP one of the most successful conservation programs in the history of the country,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Today, CRP continues to make major environmental improvements to water and air quality. This is another longstanding example of how agricultural production can work hand in hand with efforts to improve the environment and increase wildlife habitat.”
The enrollment period is open until February, 26th.
Michael Wardlaw is a Land and Marketing Specialist with United Country’s Trophy Properties and Auction. As a land owner, journalist, and marketing expert he offers a unique perspective to those looking to buy or sell property in the Midwest. Feel free to visit www.tpalandsales.com or call 314-914-0840 for more from Michael Wardlaw.