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USDA Announces Signup for Conservation Stewardship Program

Chakesha Harvey

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 18, 2020 — The application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is June 1 for fiscal year 2020. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques.

Changes in the 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some improvements to the program. These updates include: 

  • NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2020, NRCS in Florida can spend up to $7 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities. 

  • Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.  

  • The annual payment limitation of $40,000 no longer applies.

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline to ensure their applications are considered for 2020 funding. For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA service center.