PA CREP News and Updates
2019 CREP Re-enrollment

It's time to start thinking about the next re-enrollment period of 2019.

Every year some participants are not eligible to re-enroll because their CREP plantings do not meet required thresholds. Getting landowners to plan ahead may help with their eligibility.

Contract holders can contact their local FSA or NRCS office to get re-enrollment information or by simply going to : https://www.creppa.org/get-help/re-enroll/

CRP Participants Must Maintain Approved Cover on Acreages Enrolled in CRP and Farm Programs
Participants of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) are responsible for ensuring adequate, approved vegetative and practice cover is maintained to control erosion throughout the life of the contract after the practice has been established. Participants must also control undesirable vegetation, weeds (including noxious weeds), insects and rodents that may pose a threat to existing cover or adversely impact other landowners in the area.

All CRP maintenance activities, such as mowing, burning, disking and spraying, must be conducted outside the primary nesting or brood rearing season for wildlife, which for Pennsylvania is April 1 through July 31. However, spot treatment of the acreage may be allowed during the primary nesting or brood rearing season if, left untreated, the weeds, insects or undesirable species would adversely impact the approved cover. In this instance, spot treatment is limited to the affected areas in the field and requires County Committee approval prior to beginning the spot treatment. The County Committee will consult with NRCS to determine if such activities are needed to maintain the approved cover.

Annual mowing of CRP for generic weed control, or for cosmetic purposes, is prohibited at all times.
Nearly $40,000 Awarded to Conservation Districts to Help Landowners Protect Streams
P ennsylvania’s county conservation districts were awarded $39,390 for fourteen projects in fourteen counties. The funds were provided by the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Mini-grant Program. Conservation districts will use these grants to work with landowners to prevent pollution in our streams, lakes, and rivers. Projects will take place over the next twelve months.

The following projects were awarded up to $3,000 each as a part of the 2018–2019 CREP
Mini-grant round:
County Conservation District
Amount Awarded
Berks $3,000
Bradford $3,000
Centre $2,995
Clarion $2,000
Columbia $3,000
Cumberland $2,440
Greene $3,000
Jefferson $2,555
Lancaster $3,000
Northumberland $3,000
Perry $3,000
Sullivan $2,400
Tioga $3,000
Wyoming $3,000
Are You a Member of the CREP Partners Listserve?
Members of the CREP Partners Listserve already know that it’s a convenient way to share and receive program information, but did you know it’s also an email discussion group? Listserve members can ask questions, seek opinions, and discuss current issues related to the program through the list. Interested partners can email Molly Burns at mburns@pacd.org to join.
Financial and other support for the CREP Outreach Program Office is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS.

   The Pennsylvania CREP program is administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency .

CREP Outreach Program Office | 717.238.7223 | info@creppa.org | www.creppa.org