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North Carolina NRCS Announces Conservation Stewardship Program May 29, 2020, Deadline

Stuart Ashby Lee

Financial, technical assistance to put conservation on the ground through CSP


Raleigh, NC April 3, 2020 - The application reception deadline for the Conservation Stewardship (CSP) is May 29, 2020, for fiscal year 2020.  Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps farmers 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.
  • Higher payment rates are now available under the 2018 Farm Bill for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.
  • The annual payment limitation of $40,000 no longer applies.

NRCS accepts applications for Farm Bill Conservation Programs year-round but makes funding available for programs at specific times.  Those interested in participating in CSP for fiscal year 2020 funding must submit applications on or before May 29, 2020.  All applicants should assure that all related farm records are up to date at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to include, Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), Highly Erodible Land/Wetland Conservation (HEL/WC), Farm/Tract numbers assigned. Producers interested in CSP should contact their local USDA service center or visit  Local USDA Service Center information can be found at 

To learn more about financial and technical assistance available to help North Carolina farmers and other landowners improve and protect their land, visit NRCS in North Carolina’s website at

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found

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