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NRCS CA Extends 2021 Conservation Stewardship Deadline

Dave Sanden (530) 691-5847
RaeAnn Dubay (530) 792-5653

Conservation PlanningDAVIS, Calif., March 26, 2021 – California farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners now have until April 7 to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and be considered for 2021 funding.

CSP offers payments and technical assistance to help producers maintain existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities, or enhancements. Existing stewardship payments will reflect current conservation activities--the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Enhancement payments may address resource concerns such as soil health, pollinators, changing weather patterns, western forest structure, efficient irrigation, rangeland health and much more.

“We are pleased to be able to increase the timeline for accepting applications in 2021,” says Carlos Suarez, state conservationist for NRCS California. “We know many sectors of our diverse agricultural economy are learning more about CSP and are excited about the opportunities.”

RaeAnn Dubay, assistant state conservationist for Farm Bill Programs, adds that the many stewardship programs offered by California’s progressive agricultural industries may help participants of those programs qualify for CSP. “NRCS and many of our agricultural partners share stewardship goals,” says Dubay. “CSP is one tool to help us achieve these mutual objectives.”

While conservation applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit CSP applications to their local NRCS office by April 7, 2021, to ensure their applications are considered for 2021 funding. Selections will be announced in late April and contracts will be obligated by July 30, 2021.

For additional information about CSP, please schedule an appointment with your local USDA Service Center. More information can be found at