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N.H. NRCS Announces the 2021 CSP and EQIP-CIC Deadline for April 16, 2021

Contact:
Jerem y J. Fowler, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS, N.H.
603-868-9931


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DOVER, N.H. March 16, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire has established the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Incentives Contracts (EQIP-CIC) application deadline of April 16, 2021. 

    The CSP is the nation’s largest conservation program in terms of participating acres and is designed to assist farmers in developing enhanced conservation activities and take their conservation efforts to the next level. This program focuses on a producer’s entire agricultural or forestry operation.

    The EQIP-CIC initiative is a new program offering under the EQIP umbrella. It is intended as a bridge between EQIP and CSP for conservation minded producers. This initiative allows for implementing conservation activities typically found in CSP as well as common conservation practices typically found in EQIP. The EQIP-CIC allows for selective enrollment of fields based on the State’s initiative focus areas.

    “The Conservation Stewardship Program  is a great tool for us to provide some support for our producers to continue their conservation efforts here in New Hampshire,” said the New Hampshire NRCS State Conservationist Becky Ross. “We are optimistic that under the new offering of EQIP – CIC that more of our producers will see the bridge from EQIP over to CSP and continue the strong effort they have always made to put conservation practices on the here in the Granite State.”

    While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office by April 16, 2021, to ensure their applications are considered for 2021 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. The program also provides specific support for organic and for transitioning-to-organic production activities. Participants will earn CSP payments for conservation performance — the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

    The EQIP CIC initiative focuses on priority areas and resource issues, unique in each State. Conservation practices and activities are offered through a 5-year contract to improve the long-term management and natural resource benefits. The program is a bridge for customers to learn about and try enhanced conservation activities on a portion of their operation.

    In the 2021 program year, N.H. NRCS has identified forest land as the initiative’s priority focus. The primary purpose is to address the priority resource issues of Concentrated Erosion, Degraded Plant Condition, and Terrestrial Habitat across privately owned or managed forest land across the State.

    Contact your local office for more information. You may find your local field office by visiting: https://www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator  . General program information is available on the NRCS New Hampshire website at  www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov

 

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