NRCS Reminds Potential Applicants to Apply for CSP
Thomas L. Morgart, Connecticut State Conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), reminds agricultural producers in the state that although applications are taken on a continuous basis, the batching date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is February 3, 2017 – less than a month away.
With even more opportunities and greater flexibility at the local level, this year’s CSP will help producers better evaluate their conservation options. Updated methods and software will help them see up front why they are—or are not—meeting stewardship thresholds, and will help them select practices and enhancements that will work for their business.
“Modified CSP tools will improve the customer experience during application evaluations,” said Morgart.
CSP is for producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands including improved water and soil quality, and enhanced wildlife habitat. Approved producers and forest landowners can earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land.
Think you qualify? The new CSP portal is located online. This one-stop shop provides information to help you determine whether CSP is right for you. Potential applicants should also contact their local USDA Service Center.