Enrollment Deadline for USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program is Extended Two Weeks to March 13th

The USDA has announced that they are extending the deadline for applying to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year! If could use extra funding for on-farm conservation, CSP is the program for you.  You now have until March 13th (the original deadline was today, February 27th). What is CSP? CSP is a working lands program run by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). It provides funding for farmers to take on conservation activities while simultaneously farming the land. For farmers that care about the environment, this program is a great way to receive help funding projects that improve soil, air, and water quality; increase water quantity, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity; or decrease soil erosion. To participate, a farmer must sit down with the NRCS agent and talk about what conservation activities – called enhancements – they are already doing and which they wish to add. Eligible enhancements for funding vary from state to state, and in some cases watershed to watershed. These enhancements are also ranked. The higher the rank, the more likely a project is to be funded. CSP is a competitively funded program and only the highest ranked, and most environmentally beneficial, applications get funded. A CSP contract lasts five years and requires a farmer to continue[...]Read More