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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Illinois CREP Logo  10/03/2017 - CREP enrollment is suspended at this time

Conservation Reserve Enhancement program (CREP) is an enhanced version of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CREP Program is a Federal, State and Local partnership designed to retire frequently flooded and environmentally sensitive cropland to achieve restoration and long-term protection. In Illinois, landowners implement conservation practices in the eligible CREP watersheds to reduce sedimentation and nutrients, improve water quality, and ​to create and enhance critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations.

Landowners implement conservation practices