Posted February 12, 2015
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released two free resources to help farmers and ranchers nationwide learn how apply to enroll in the federal Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2015, according a NSAC press release available here.
The Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program provides producers with detailed information on how to apply for and utilize the program to benefit their farms. CSP is a whole-farm, comprehensive working lands conservation program administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). CSP rewards producers for the conservation and environmental benefits they produce on their working agricultural lands.
The new guide includes step-by-step enrollment guidance, key definitions, and helpful hints for accessing the program. It also includes a detailed look at the program’s use under the 2008 Farm Bill (from 2009 through 2013). This data section includes analysis of program participation by geographic region, land use type, commodity type, and the top conservation practices, and enhancements chosen by farmers and ranchers who have enrolled in the program.
NSAC has also updated the popular information to incorporate changes to the program following the 2014 Farm Bill.
The deadline to enroll in the federal Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2015 is February 27.
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