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NRCS Announces Application Period for the Conservation Stewardship Program

Contact:
Mindi Rambo, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.378.5720

BOISE, April 6, 2021 – The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, authorized the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to accept new enrollments in Fiscal Years 2019 through 2023 for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States. Thousands of people voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.

It does this by working with agricultural producers to build on existing conservation efforts. 

“Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop resiliency, or develop wildlife habitat, NRCS staff can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals,” said Dan Esposito, CSP Coordinator for NRCS Idaho  “If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP will let you explore new options and practices.”

NRCS can help producers identify natural resource problems in their operations and provide technical and financial assistance to solve any number of problems or attain higher stewardship levels in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner.

CSP contracts are five-year commitments which provide financial assistance, through annual payments, for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices.  Supplemental payments may be possible for adopting or improving a resource-conserving crop rotation and/or adopting an advanced grazing management plan.

Applcants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations, or Indian tribes that meet the stewardship threshold for at least two priority resource concerns when they apply. They must also agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the contract. Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract.

Eligible lands include private cropland, pasture, rangeland, and associated public lands, tribal agricultural lands, and nonindustrial private forest land. CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas.

The application deadline is Friday, May 7.

Please see Idaho's Conservation Stewardship Program's webpage for more information: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/id/programs/financial/csp/?cid=nrcseprd1298657

For assistance, please contact your local USDA Service Center.


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