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NRCS New Jersey Announces Conservation Stewardship Program Signup

Contact:
Gail Bartok
(732)-537-6042


SOMERSET, N.J., Feb. 18, 2022 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey is now accepting applications from agricultural producers and forest landowners for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Agricultural producers and forest landowners looking to build on conservation efforts while strengthening their operation can apply for technical and financial assistance through CSP.

While NRCS accepts CSP applications year-round, New Jersey producers and landowners should apply by March 31, 2022, to be considered for funding in the current cycle.

CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest land. 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.

Special provisions are available for historically underserved producers, which include those considered beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited resource as well as military veterans.

Find eligible practices in New Jersey and practice payment amounts here. Payment rates for conservation practices are reviewed and set each fiscal year for the state.

To apply for CSP, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center. Find your local Service Center at www.farmers.gov/service-locator. Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Contact your Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment. On farmers.gov you can create a secure account, apply for NRCS programs, electronically sign documents and manage your conservation contracts.

 

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