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USDA Announces July 16 Application Cutoff for All CSP Initiatives

Contact:
Luis Cruz-Arroyo, Director
787-281-4836 / 787-405-7368


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PR & USVI farmers should apply by July 16, 2021 for 2021 Conservation Stewardship Program funding

San Juan, PR, June 15, 2021 – Do you want to earn payments to expand conservation activities on your farm? Or are you an organic farmer or transitioning to organic? The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is holding a second signup period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for both conventional and organic farmers. The application deadline is July 16, 2021.

NRCS helps landowners who have an active conservation system on their land to improve operations with enhanced conservation practices through CSP funding - with photo of shade coffee farm with contour planting and mulching.CSP helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques. CSP also allows organic farmers to enhance their agricultural operations while adopting conservation activities that can reduce energy use, improve soil health, and improve water quality. For both conventional and organic farmers, CSP will help you plan and implement conservation practices and enhancements that address natural resource concerns on your farm.

CSP is a very effective tool to help private landowners to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Luis Cruz-Arroyo, NRCS Caribbean Area Director. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with over 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

About the Program

CSP helps farmers build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operations. Whether you are looking to improve irrigation efficiency, increase crop yields, or apply herbaceous weed control, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you schedule timely cover crop planting, develop a residue management plan to improve soil health, or apply pest management practices for organic crop or livestock production. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of your land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals. CSP contracts are for five years, with the option to renew.

CSP is offered in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through continuous signups. However, farmers should apply with their local NRCS field office by the deadline to ensure their applications are considered for 2021 funding.

For more information about CSP Organic & CSP Classic, contact Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Javier Cruz, at Javier.Cruz@usda.gov or 787-370-2703 or NRCS Caribbean Area Director, Luis Cruz-Arroyo, at Luis.Cruz-Arroyo@usda.gov, 787-281-4836 or 787-405-7368. Due to the current COVID19 emergency, all USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone or virtual appointment only and field work continues with appropriate social distancing protocols. While program delivery staff continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule an appointment. More information can be found at https://farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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Release No. 2021-16