Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Montana

CRP rental payments by fiscal year in Montana

CRP rental payments by county, 2017-2021

Conservation practices installed on CRP acres, cumulative, as of January 2020, Montana

1Grass plantings - introduced375,74936.7%
2Grass plantings - native211,47420.7%
3Existing grass163,80216.0%
4State acres for wildlife enhancement82,0458.0%
5Salinity reducing Vegetation62,3786.1%
6Rare and declining habitat55,4785.4%
7CRP grasslands - native grasses43,1144.2%
8Wildlife habitat9,6230.9%
9Pollinator habitat5,4700.5%
10CRP grasslands - introduced grasses4,7720.5%
11Duck nesting habitat2,8710.3%
12Riparian buffers1,8170.2%
13Wetland restoration - non-floodplain661< 0.1%
14Wetland restoration - floodplain655< 0.1%
15Wildlife food plots627< 0.1%
16Wetland restoration511< 0.1%
17Upland bird habitat buffers404< 0.1%
18Farmable wetland program - buffer207< 0.1%
19Living snow fences187< 0.1%
20Filter strips178< 0.1%
21Existing trees113< 0.1%
22Farmable wetland program - wetland100< 0.1%
23Shelterbelts93< 0.1%
24Wildlife corridors84< 0.1%
25Grass waterways58< 0.1%
26Field windbreaks42< 0.1%
27Tree plantings - softwoods27< 0.1%
28Shallow water for wildlife11< 0.1%
29Tree plantings - hardwoods5< 0.1%
30Marginal pasture buffers - wetland1< 0.1%
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 Total Acres1,022,560 

CRP rental payments by county, 2017-2021

RankStateCRP Rental Payments, 2017-2020
1Chouteau County, Montana$12,539,127
2Daniels County, Montana$12,113,016
3Hill County, Montana$10,406,002
4Toole County, Montana$8,572,579
5Teton County, Montana$8,240,410
6McCone County, Montana$7,838,006
7Phillips County, Montana$6,429,926
8Valley County, Montana$6,400,697
9Richland County, Montana$6,101,939
10Roosevelt County, Montana$6,053,802
11Sheridan County, Montana$5,117,016
12Dawson County, Montana$4,826,577
13Cascade County, Montana$4,723,141
14Pondera County, Montana$4,543,140
15Blaine County, Montana$4,288,797
16Liberty County, Montana$4,225,284
17Yellowstone County, Montana$3,484,297
18Glacier County, Montana$3,287,790
19Golden Valley County, Montana$3,079,250
20Wheatland County, Montana$2,923,521
21Rosebud County, Montana$2,689,441
22Stillwater County, Montana$2,410,036
23Musselshell County, Montana$2,258,237
24Fergus County, Montana$1,889,734
25Garfield County, Montana$1,752,656
26Prairie County, Montana$1,277,900
27Broadwater County, Montana$1,182,000
28Fallon County, Montana$1,165,944
29Big Horn County, Montana$1,102,388
30Park County, Montana$724,027
31Carter County, Montana$668,706
32Madison County, Montana$626,158
33Judith Basin County, Montana$606,978
34Wibaux County, Montana$449,244
35Jefferson County, Montana$405,057
36Carbon County, Montana$383,075
37Petroleum County, Montana$343,668
38Lewis and Clark County, Montana$276,899
39Gallatin County, Montana$198,719
40Sweet Grass County, Montana$78,821
41Sanders County, Montana$68,133
42Meagher County, Montana$55,149
43Powder River County, Montana$34,744
44Custer County, Montana$29,513
45Flathead County, Montana$19,676
46Lake County, Montana$17,997
47Beaverhead County, Montana$12,357
48Ravalli County, Montana$10,300
49Powell County, Montana$7,458
50Missoula County, Montana$376
51Silver Bow County, Montana$0
52Granite County, Montana$0
53Deer Lodge County, Montana$0
54Treasure County, Montana$0
55Lincoln County, Montana$0
56Mineral County, Montana$0
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USDA Census of Agriculture Data for Montana, 2017

Land in Montana, 2017

Land typeAcres
Number of Farms:27,048
Total Acres in Farms:58,122,878
Cropland Acres:16,406,300
Permanent pasture and rangeland:38,459,451
Woodland Acres:2,540,798

Livestock in Montana, 2017

LivestockNumber of Animals
Cattle and calves inventory2,518,571
Layers inventory 931,006
Sheep and lambs inventory218,544
Hogs and pigs inventory180,660
Broilers and other meat-type chickens sold131,318

Crops in Montana, 2017


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