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USDA Kansas Announces Application Cut-off for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

SALINA, KANSAS, March 1, 2021‒ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the Statewide cut-off for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding.  All Kansas agricultural producers and landowners who wish to be considered for this year’s funding should apply by Friday, April 2, 2021.

Through CSP, NRCS 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.

“CSP is the Nation’s largest conservation program in terms of participating land,” said Monty R. Breneman, Acting State Conservationist.  “CSP has historically been and continues to be an extremely popular program in Kansas.  CSP continues to grow every year making the application process very competitive.”

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

  • NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres.
  • Higher payment rates are now available under the 2018 Farm Bill for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.
  • Provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative (GCI) for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

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 2021 funding.

CSP is offered in Kansas through continuous signups.  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. 

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing.  All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business are required to call their local Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.  More information can be found at Farmers.gov/coronavirus.

It is important that applicants provide accurate records of ownership to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).  This FY, all landowners are required to file a CCC-902, Farm Operating Plan, along with adjusted gross income and conservation compliance forms.  Application information is available at your local USDA Service Center .  More information is also available at Kansas NRCS.

To learn more about CSP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or contact your local USDA Service Center.

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