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Conservation Stewardship Program

        The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is May 10.

        USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million nationally for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to the conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

        “CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS state conservationist in Ohio. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

        While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10 to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

        Changes to the program

        The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:

  • NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.
  • Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.
  • CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

        About the program

        CSP is offered in Ohio through continuous sign-ups. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes. CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe.

        For additional information about CSP, contact a local USDA Service Center or visit the Ohio NRCS website.

Women’s learning circle

        Water and how it is impacted by agricultural practices will be the focus of a workshop to be held April 17 by the American Farmland Trust and the Wood Soil & Water Conservation District for women farmers and landowners.

        The session will be held at Luckey Farmers, Inc., 1200 Main St., Woodville. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the program will end at 3 p.m.

Assistance available

        The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages people and groups wanting to restore and protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements.

        This year, NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts and other groups protect these valuable lands.



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