USDA Announces April 29 Application Cut-off for All Conservation Stewardship Initiatives

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 cut-off date is April 29.

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. The program encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques. It also allows conventional and 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, the program will help them plan and implement conservation practices and enhancements that address natural resource concerns on their farms.

“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.”