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New Hampshire USDA NRCS Announces the CSP 2020-1 Application Deadline

Jeremy J. Fowler, Public Affairs Specialist
(603) 868-9931

New Hampshire U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program Application Deadline

DOVER, N.H. March 11, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire has established the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) application deadline of May 29, 2020

The CSP is the nation’s largest conservation program in terms of participating acres and is designed to assist farmers in developing more robust conservation activities and take their conservation efforts to the next level.

“The Conservation Stewardship Program  continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said the New Hampshire NRCS State Conservationist Richard Ellsmore. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office by May 29, 2020, to ensure their applications are considered for 2020 funding.

Most agriculture producers that participate in the CSP have already implemented conservation practices on their land.  The CSP offers additional opportunities to expand on existing conservation efforts while strengthening producers’ operations.  Whether looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop resiliency, or develop wildlife habitat, a CSP plan can be customized to help meet those goals.  Participants will earn CSP payments for conservation performance — the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

The program also provides specific support for organic and for transitioning-to-organic production activities.  The program is offered in all 50 states and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups.  The CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest land.

Contact your local office for more information. You may find your local field office by visiting: .  General program information is available on the NRCS New Hampshire website at



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