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NRCS Extends Deadline for CSP Applications

SOMERSET, N.J., May 6, 2021 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey has extended the deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program’s (CSP) FY21 funding through May 21, 2021. Through CSP, producers and forest landowners can earn payments for actively maintaining and expanding their existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operation. The program pays for conservation performance: the higher the operational performance, the higher the payment.

CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe. Participating farmers will further address priority resource concerns related to soil quality, water quality, air quality, and plant health. On-farm benefits include increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife population improvements, and better resilience to weather variables. For producers who are already taking steps to improve the condition of their land, CSP can help them find ways to meet their goals.

Through updates to the 2018 Farm Bill, New Jersey farmers will also benefit from:

  • Increased payment rates for certain conservation activities, including the adoption of cover crop rotations and resource conserving crop rotations.

  • Specific support for organic and transitioning to organic production activities.

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers address resource concerns through conservation programs authorized by the Farm Bill. Applications are accepted for conservation programs year- round and are processed when funding becomes available. Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center and the NRCS NJ website for more information.

 

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