LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 20, 2021 – Farmers and landowners have until Jan. 21, 2022, to apply for funding consideration during the 2022 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Classic enrollment period. Producers in portions of Chicot and Desha counties will also have the opportunity to apply for CSP in the MRBI-Canal 43 project area.
CSP offers additional opportunities to expand on existing conservation efforts by offering conservation practices, enhancements, bundles, and other conservation activities.
“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Mike Sullivan, Arkansas NRCS state conservationist.
While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by Jan. 21, 2022, to ensure their applications are considered for 2022 CSP Classic funding.
CSP is offered in Arkansas through continuous sign-ups. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes. CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe.
While USDA offices are currently closed to walk-in visitors because of the pandemic, service center staff continue to work with agricultural producers by appointment and via phone, email, and other digital tools. To conduct business, please contact your local USDA Service Center. Additionally, more information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
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