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We work with some of the most amazing people on earth – farmers, ranchers and foresters that value the health of our environment as much as they do their products and their bottom line.

Explore the links below to learn more about these conservationists at heart and how they are utilizing CSP to maintain viable business operations providing food, fiber, and energy that contribute to the economy, creating a more sustainable future for all of us.

Celebrating a Conservation Milestone 7 Millionth Acre CSP

Celebrate a Conservation Milestone with Reed and Erin Petersek. They've joined hundreds of farmers and ranchers in South Dakota now giving extra care to more than 7 million acres through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). 

CSP Producer Profiles

Matt Terry inspecting his fields with NRCS District Conservationist Larry Branham

I am Matt Terry. I am a conservationist.

Terry has used various conservation practices on his land since well before he planted his first grapevine. His small but expanding vineyard is an island of vines surrounded by rangeland that he uses for livestock production. From the start he has used cover crops because of their tremendous benefits, including improved soil health, water efficiency, reduction of fertilizer use, and pest control.

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I am Adam Boge. I am a conservationist.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping Iraq War Veteran Adam Boge improve technology and other efficiencies in his new farming operation, allowing the Ventura farmer to prepare for long-term success in the first full year on his own. 

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Brewer Photo

We are the Brewers. We are conservationists.

In the wide open spaces in the rolling plains of western South Dakota, Fanny Brewer and her husband found opportunity. 

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I am Judd Brooke. I am a conservationist.

When the going gets tough, the tough keep going. Not even Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in America’s history, could keep Judd Brooke from accomplishing his goals on his land. 

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Jane Reigel & Roger Erickson

I am Roger Erickson. I am a conservationist.

Four Star Dairy, located in Clark County, Wis. is a family affair. Roger Erickson grew up on the dairy farm his grandfather started. Roger works with his sons, farm co-owners, and his parents, to manage the operation. The Erickson family has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since the early 1980’s.

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I am Peter Kenagy. I am a conservationist.

Most of the crops Peter Kenagy grows on his 325-acre family farm in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley are typical of the area, yet his production methods are anything but conventional. Recognizing that productivity requires sustainability, Kenagy has joined a growing number of farmers in implementing conservation practices that promote soil health. 

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Lac du Flambeau Group Photo

We are the Lac du Flambeau Tribe. We are conservationists.

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe has inhabited the Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, area since 1745. The Tribe acquired the name from its gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight. The Reservation, established by the Treaty of 1854, includes 86,000 acres of land, 24,000 acres of wetlands, and has 260 lakes and 65 miles of streams and rivers.

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Landowner Shelliam

I am Dan Shelliam. I am a conservationist.

Dan Shelliam, of Lafayette County, Wisconsin, grew up on a farm and started milking cows when he was 15. In 2000, he started farming full time and subsequently signed up for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Beginning Farmer Program through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

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