Continuing Resolution Provides for 2013 CSP
Des Moines, IA, April 2, 2013 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging Iowa farmers to visit their local field office if they are interested in applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in anticipation of future signup funding cutoff deadlines.
Congress recently passed a continuing appropriations resolution, which provides funding for Federal Farm Bill programs, such as CSP, through September. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship may be eligible for CSP Payments.
NRCS will create CSP application ranking cutoff deadlines in the near future. However, farmers may apply for CSP on a continuous basis, says Larry Beeler, NRCS assistant state conservationist for programs. “In anticipation of future nationally-established ranking cutoff dates, we encourage farmers to apply before the busy planting season,” says Beeler.
The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality through nutrient management and soil conservation, wildlife habit enhancements and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Participation in the program is voluntary.
In 2012, NRCS awarded 552 CSP contracts in Iowa worth nearly $37 million over five years, covering about 288,000 acres.
To apply or to find out more about CSP, visit your local USDA Service Center.