Conservation Stewardship Program Signup – 2017 – Apply Now or find out more from the Center for Rural Affairs
The signup process for the updated Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is now open and applications are being accepted. This is a major farmer and rancher funding opportunity that rewards farmers for protecting and enhancing natural resources on their working lands.
The program is designed to encourage and reward resource-conserving practices such as planting cover crops, rotational grazing, or ecologically-based pest management. CSP also doesn’t forget smaller producers: for folks who qualify for the program, the minimum contract payment is $1,500, no matter the acreage.
Your initial Conservation Stewardship Program signup application is due February 3, 2017. To enroll in the 2017 program, submit an application to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) by Feb. 3. For this application, you don’t have to know all of the details about the conservation practices that will be the best fit for you and your operation. Those details are worked out with NRCS later on in the process.
The form for the initial application is here, and you can find your local NRCS office here. You can also call the Center for Rural Affairs with questions at (515) 329-0172 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view what’s new this year, and learn why CSP matters, find more on the Center for Rural Affairs blog. They will also publish information on re-enrollment for farmers and ranchers who want to renew their CSP contracts. Watch their website for more information!
Find a Conservation Stewardship Program signup application form at http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Blank_CSP_NRCS-CPA-CCC1200-1.pdf