The Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, has extended its deadline for consideration for this year’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding from May 31 to June 14. The Conservation Stewardship Program will provide about $175 million in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres this year, however, interested farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners must submit their applications before the June 14 deadline to their local NRCS office for consideration.
CSP is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities
Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a Native American tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed. Many of the CSP enhancements improve soil quality, and help land become more resilient to extreme weather.
The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract. CSP offers participants two possible types of payments: annual payment for installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities; and supplemental payment for the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations.
More than 50 million acres are currently enrolled in the program. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help you determine if the program is suitable for your operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements, and payment types. For the checklist and additional information visit the CSP website (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/) or visit your local USDA NRCS office. Visit the NRCS service center locator site (http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs) to find your nearest NRCS field office.