The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications from agricultural producers, ranchers and forest landowners from Idaho for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
BOISE, ID, Jan. 31, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications from agricultural producers, ranchers and forest landowners from Idaho for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). This program offers technical and financial assistance producers and landowners looking to build on their existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operation.
While USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts CSP applications year-round, those in Idaho should apply by May 3, 2024, for CSP Classic or if interested in CSP Inflation Reduction Act by June 24, 2024 to be considered for funding in the current cycle.
State Technical Committees, composed of conservation and agricultural-related agency and organization representatives, work with NRCS to identify resource priorities and how best to address them. NRCS then sets state-specific, ranking dates to evaluate applications for funding that account for producer needs, staff workload and ensure potential participants have ample opportunities to apply. Find Idaho’s ranking dates for CSP and other conservation programs on the CSP page of the NRCS Idaho website.
NRCS offers CSP in all 50 states and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous signups. The program provides many benefits, including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to adverse weather. CSP is for working lands, including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under Indian tribe jurisdiction.
Additionally, existing CSP participants may have an opportunity to renew their contracts in the first half of the fifth year of their five-year contract through a competitive application process. Special provisions are available for historically underserved producers, which include those considered beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited resource as well as military veterans. Find eligible practices in Idaho and practice payment amounts on the Payment Schedules page of the NRCS website.
Payment rates for conservation activities that include conservation practices, enhancements, supplemental activities and bundles are reviewed and set each fiscal year for the state.
To apply for CSP, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center. Find your local Service Center at www.farmers.gov/service-locator. On farmers.gov, you can create a secure account, apply for NRCS programs, electronically sign documents and manage your conservation contracts.