U.S. Department of Agriculture
As of Wednesday, February 21, 2018
There is still time for agricultural producers who want to enhance their current conservation efforts to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The deadline for the current funding cycle is March 2.
Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities. It also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques.
Some of the benefits of CSP include:
• Improved cattle gains per acre;
• Increased crop yields;
• Decreased inputs;
• Wildlife population improvements; and
• Better resilience to weather extremes.
In addition, NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship goals, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.
For this funding cycle, NRCS Idaho will be able to enroll up to 125,238 acres plus an additional 2,000 acres for lands that qualify to participate in the Sage Grouse Initiative.
Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.