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NRCS offers Conservation funding assistance for Maine in 2021

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BANGOR, Maine (March 26, 2021) – Agricultural producers and forest landowners wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for a 2021 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Classic contract.

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities.

Applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program Classic are due by April 23, 2021.

NRCS-Maine has an allocation of $585,000 for this year’s CSP-Classic obligations, of which $300,000 is specifically for organic producers.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners 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 agricultural or forest production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Producers interested in a CSP Classic contract are recommended to contact their local USDA service center.

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