Proposed CREP highlights


Elements of Minnesota’s proposed $800 million Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program:


• 100,000 acres of private land around streams and in wetlands to be set aside under perpetual easements


• Targets western and southern Minnesota, where intensive farming has depleted pheasant populations and polluted surface water and drinking water


• Buffer strips of prairie grass and other vegetation would filter farm runoff and create wildlife habitat


• Action needed to address the pending expiration of 500,000 idle farm acres now tied to CRP contracts


• Participating farmers would get paid for 15 years at higher rates than standard CRP contracts


• Not directly tied to Minnesota’s 2015 buffer strip legislation


• USDA would cover 80 percent of the funding