June 5 Application Deadline
“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Curtis Elke, NRCS state conservationist in Idaho. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”
Changes in the 2018 Farm Bill authorize NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023 and makes some improvements to the program. These updates include:
NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres.
Higher payment rates are now available under the 2018 Farm Bill for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.
Specific support is provided for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.
While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline to ensure their applications are considered for 2020 funding.