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What is CP-33?

  • In 2004, the United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency (FSA) established conservation practice Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds, or CP-33, under the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
  • CP-33 aims to provide habitat for northern bobwhite and other upland birds via landowner incentives to establish native grass buffers along row-crop field margins.
  • CP-33 is a "win-win" for producers—it allows retirement of unproductive field margins, often with net financial gains through practice incentives, while providing critical habitat for quail and other upland wildlife.
Male Bobwhite

Photo by Joe Mac Hudspeth

About The Site

This website contains information pertaining to the CP33 practice, which is administered through the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program by the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. This is not an official USDA-FSA webpage, but instead a webpage developed and distributed by Mississippi State University about an FSA program.

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Recent Publications

Bowling, S.A., C.E. Moorman, C.S. Deperno, B. Gardner. 2014. Influence of landscape composition on northern bobwhite population response to field border establishment. Journal of Wildlife Management 78(1):93-100. Download

Adams, H.S., S.K. Riffell, L.W. Burger. in press. Disturbance and landscape effects on avian nests in agricultural conservation buffers. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Burger, L.W., K.O. Evans, M.D. Smith, S. Riffell. 2013. Conservation Research Program. CP33-Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds Birds. Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, 2006–2011 Final Report. 84 pp. Download

DVDFree DVD Request

A free CP-33 information DVD and brochure are available through the Mississippi State University, Forest and Wildlife Research Center. The DVD titled "CP33 Upland Habitat Buffers: Common Sense Conservation" was supported by Quail Unlimited, the Southeast Quail Study Group, and Natural Resource Enterprises. The CP-33 DVD is for landowners and agricultural producers interested in learning more about the wildlife and economic benefits gained from the CP-33 practice.

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