Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help.
No one knows more about your land than you do, and no one knows more about conservation than we do. Together we can develop a plan tailored to your land and your goals to help you increase productivity and protect the value of your land.
Our Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increases crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you schedule timely planting of cover crops, develop a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, implement no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.
CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in CSP. Thousands of people have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.
Some of the benefits include:
Improved cattle gains per acre
Increased crop yields
Wildlife population improvements
Better resilience to weather extremes
Through CSP, we can help build your business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of your entire operation. Good land stewardship not only conserves the natural resources on your farm, ranch or forest, it also provides multiple benefits to local communities, including better water and air quality and wildlife habitat, as well as food and fiber.
Applications submitted by May 10, 2019 will be evaluated to be considered for funding in the 2019-1 signup. Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding.
Applicants must also meet CSP participant eligibility requirements by May 31, 2019 for an application submitted by May 10, 2019. This means applicants must meet eligibility for:
Establish Farm Records with FSA
Adjusted Gross Income requirements
Applicants who do not meet these requirements by May 31, 2019 will not be considered for funding in the application period. Applicants should file the appropriate forms to establish eligibility as soon as possible after submitting an application. Form NRCS-CPA-1200 Conservation Program Application contains more information about the forms necessary to file to establish eligibility. The necessary forms are available at your local USDA Service Center.
Certain eligibility requirements are self-certified on form NRCS-CPA-1200 (such as control of land and permission to install structural practices) and are not required to be substantiated by the May 31, 2019 deadline. However, these eligibility requirements must be verified before an application can be approved.
The 2018 Agriculture Act removed authority for the NRCS to offer CSP renewals in 2019 for the 2014-1 signup period. In it’s place, the agency will be offering an extension of these existing agreements for one year and the opportunity to renew during the 2020-1 renewal period. Please contact your local office for more information regarding 2019-1 renewals.
CSP - Grassland Conservation Initiative
CSP-GCI is a new program authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. CSP-GCI provides financial assistance to producers to protect grazing uses; conserve and improve soil, water, and wildlife resources on eligible land. Enrollment is limited to those producers who FSA has determined as having base acres that qualify as eligible land for the program. Eligible land consists of cropland for which base acres have been maintained and documented as grass, idle, or fallow from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2017. The application deadline for the CSP-GCI 2019-1 signup has been updated to July 19th.
Payments will be made for conservation performance payments points estimated for each agricultural operation by the Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT). Conservation performance points are unique for each agricultural operation and will be based on existing and proposed conservation activities.
Contracts cover the eligible land in the entire agricultural operation and are for five years. For all contracts entered into, CSP payments to a person or legal entity may not exceed $40,000 in any fiscal year, and $200,000 during any five-year period. Each CSP contract will be limited to $200,000 over the term of the initial contract period.
"Enhancement" means a type of conservation activity used to treat natural resources and improve conservation performance. Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity that exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern. Those directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard. Click on the topics below for national enhancement activity job sheets with Indiana supplements when applicable.