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CRP Contracts data overview

Follow the simple three-step plan to create and analyze your own Minnesota Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts database. You can also examine all variables if you click on Individual Records. When you're ready to go, click Generate Report. Or, to see your data in a map, click on our new feature: MLE Map on the left-side menu.

You’ll need to choose the geographic area you want covered, which data elements you want us to provide, and how you want us to display the data. You do this by first choosing your Boundaries (county, watershed…), then your Location (specific county and township/city), and finally your Attributes (year, summary level…).

Where appropriate, use Continue to move back to the main page and view your updated choices. To move back to the main page without making your changes take effect, press Cancel.

These files include CRP contracts as of January 1, 2007, the most recent data available from USDA. Each record is a single contract. Some contracts have missing data for some of the variables. Original data from USDA Farm Services Agency. The dataset includes over 122,000 contracts covering nearly 1,807,000 acres. We exclude contracts that were less than .1 acres in size. We exclude from display those contracts that were set to expire prior to the current year. Even though the majority of these contracts were said to have been renewed for another 10 years, USDA has not released an updated CRP dataset that we could use on Minnesota Land Economics. Consequently, the CRP contract coverage on MLE (and MLE Map) is an under-count of actual contract extent.

For details on the Conservation Reserve Program, click here.

Field names

County: County in which sale occurred

Township/City: Minor civil division in which sale occurred

Acres: Number of acres under contract

Expdate: Year current contract expires

Practice: Cover practice. (List below)

Year: Year contract signed

Parcel Size: Number of deeded acres in parcel

Practice list:

CP1 NEW INTROD. GRASSES AND LEGUMES
CP2 NEW NATIVE GRASSES  
CP3 NEW SOFTWOOD TREES (NOT LONGLEAF)
CP3A NEW LONGLEAF PINES  
CP3A NEW HARDWOOD TREES  
CP4 PERMANENT WILDLIFE HABITAT  
CP4B WILDLIFE HABITAT CORRIDORS  
CP5 FIELD WINDBREAKS   
CP6 DIVERSIONS    
CP7 EROSION CONTROL STRUCTURES  
CP8 GRASS WATERWAYS   
CP9 SHALLOW WATER AREAS FOR WILDLIFE
CP10 EXISTING GRASSES AND LEGUMES 
CP11 EXISTING TREES   
CP12 WILDLIFE FOOD PLOTS  
CP13 VEGETATIVE FILTER STRIPS  
CP15 CONTOUR GRASS STRIPS  
CP16 SHELTERBELTS    
CP17 LIVING SNOW FENCES  
CP18 SALINITY REDUCING VEGETATION  
CP19 ALLEY CROPPING   
CP20 ALTERNATIVE PERENNIALS   
CP21 FILTER STRIPS (GRASS)  
CP22 RIPARIAN BUFFERS   
CP23 WETLAND RESTORATION   
CP23 WETLAND REST. (FLOODPLAIN)  
CP23A WETLAND REST. (NON-FLOODPLAIN)  
CP24 CROSS WIND TRAP STRIPS 
CP25 RARE AND DECLINING HABITAT 
CP26 SEDIMENT RETENTION   
CP27 FARMABLE WETLAND PILOT (WETLAND) 
CP28 FARMABLE WETLAND PILOT (UPLAND) 
CP29 WILDLIFE HABITAT BUFFER (MARG PAST)
CP30 WETLAND BUFFER (MARG PAST) 
CP31 BOTTOMLAND HARDWOOD INITIATIVE  
CP32 HARDWOOD TREES (PREVIOUS EXPIRED) 
CP33 UPLAND BIRD HABITAT BUFFER INIT.
CP36 LONGLEAF PINE INITIATIVE  
CP37 DUCK NESTING HABITAT INITIATIVE 
CP38 STATE ACRES FOR WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT

 

CRP Contract data updated when available.


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