What are farmers saying about CSP?
“Our objective is always to be good stewards of the land,” says Robert Moeller, a dairy and grain farmer from Black Creek who received a CSP contract last year. “CSP gives us an extra push in doing so.”
Karl Klessig, a dairy farmer from Cleveland says, “I thought, what a great program for farmers to not only be given credit for what they’re doing, but given an incentive to do better. [CSP] doesn’t require you to do everything, but gives you a plethora of options to choose from. This is a program that covers us for the next five years, and the financial reward is significant.”
“It takes more time and more management, but for the new things I’m adding on, there is compensation,” says Jim Stute of Rock County.
Greg Nettekoven, a grain farmer from Black Creek, will be planting cover crops, using slow-release nitrogen, and recycling his waste oil. He is adding these to his current practices of mulch tilling, no-till, and nutrient management. Nettekoven says, “I take a lot of pride in growing a safe, healthy crop for the public. I want to grow better crops without unnecessary fertilizer, and want to preserve good soil for the next generation.”
“Even though the signup is not something you can do in five minutes, it was straightforward,” notes Klessig. “It is something that I think most farmers could do with a little bit of help, and it’s a very small commitment in time and effort for a very large reward.
Nathen Nysse, the Nutrient Management Planner for S&S Ag Enterprises says, “The signup was pretty straightforward. We had our crop rotations in hand, so it was really as simple as filling out the questionnaire and determining which rotations would go on which fields and when.”
Information on the workshops:
Two informational workshops will be held with NRCS representatives in Tomahawk and Oshkosh. These workshops are for farmers and forest landowners interested in learning more about CSP and 2010 signup process.
Tomahawk: Wednesday, May 19th, 1 – 3 p.m., at Treehaven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, 715-453-4106
Oshkosh: Monday, May 24th, 1 – 3 p.m., at the NRCS office, 625 E. County Rd. Y, 920-424-0329 x310
If you would like more information, please contact Bridget Holcomb, MFAI’s Associate Policy Director, at Bridget@MichaelFieldsAgInst.org or at (608) 256-1859.