DEADLINE ALERT: Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due May 10, 2019

$700 million is available nationwide to support conservation efforts on your operation. But you have to fill out a short form and apply by the deadline to be considered. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is USDA’s largest conservation program, offering whole farm, comprehensive conservation assistance to farmers and ranchers across the country. CSP helps producers to improve their profitability and sustainability by protecting and enhancing soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat across millions of acres of agricultural land. You can apply for CSP at any time during the year, but if you miss the May 10 deadline, you'll have to wait until the following year's deadline for your application to be considered. CSP helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. As graziers, you might be interested in improving forage quality, planting cover crops, planning prescribed burns, or managing riparian areas and pasture to benefit wildlife habitat. As part of CSP, Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will work with you to custom design plan that includes "enhancement" (management activities) to help you meet your goals. Examples of Enhancements Covered Under CSP What Does It Take To Apply? First, you must complete a short and simple application form, NRCS Form CPA 1200. This is the same, generic three-page form that is used for all NRCS conservation programs that offer financial assistance to far

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