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Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment deadline Feb. 27


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The deadline for farmers to enroll in the 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Friday, Feb. 27. While farmers may apply for a CSP contract at any time, applicants who file after the deadline will not be able to start their contracts until 2016. Recently re-authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, CSP offers payments to farmers who maintain and expand conservation on working farmland.

For farmers who practice stewardship on working farmland, CSP can be a useful tool to help offset the costs and risks of new conservation measures while providing some support for ongoing stewardship activities. Working lands eligible for CSP enrollment include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland.

“CSP helps me integrate newer conservation practices into my production,” said Darwyn Bach, a Land Stewardship Project member, crop farmer and CSP contract-holder from Boyd, Minn. “I like best that it is farmer-friendly: it’s a tool that supports farmers to make their own conservation choices that work best for their farms.”

Current CSP contract holders who joined the program in 2011 are also now eligible to renew their enrollment for an additional five years. The deadline for renewal applications is March 31. Applicants are not required to participate in the program, but those who wish to consider 2015 enrollment must submit their application by the deadline in order to continue with the enrollment process.

Payments to farmers for CSP vary depending on total acres enrolled, land classification, conservation achieved and conservation to be obtained by the end of the five-year contract.

Minnesota currently leads the nation in number of CSP contracts and in total dollars paid to farmers through the program. Farmers can contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for applications and additional guidance.

For more information, visit the NRCS CSP webpage: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/mn/programs/financial/csp.



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Eickhoff and Winslow attend Leadership Conference in Bloomington

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Jeff Eickhoff and Katie Winslow of Fillmore County Farm Bureau joined nearly 300 Farm Bureau members from across the state attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference January 23-24 at Treasure Island Resort near Red W ..... 
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USDA accepting applications for Conservation Stewardship Program

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit ..... 
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Conservation Corps Minnesota seeking applicants

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is accepting applications for 2015 AmeriCorps field crew member positions from individuals, ages 18 to 25, who have an interest in working outdoors. The priority application deadline is Dec. 31, but applications w ..... 
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Conference to focus on nutrient management efficiency and environmental benefits Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference to be held February 9

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – Farmers and agriculture professionals can hear about the latest nutrient management research regarding fertilizer use efficiency at the sixth annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference on Monday, February 9, 2015, at the V ..... 
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Farm bill and crop production workshops in January

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

University of Minnesota Extension along with Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hold meetings covering the 2014 Farm Bill on January 13 in the Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice Street, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., January 14 in the Harmony Community Center fro ..... 
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What should you plant? Corn or forage?

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

DUBUQUE, IA - Fields are not created equal, or at least that’s what Gene Schriefer, University of Wisconsin Extension Ag Agent for Iowa County, says. Schriefer says that every acre of soil within a field is not created equal but yield maps are a ..... 
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Farmers can update yield history through Feb. 27, 2015

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today offered farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk C ..... 
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Northern State Beef Cattle Conference scheduled

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team, in conjunction Animal Science Departments and Extension at South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University, will host the Northern States Beef Conference Jan. 5 & 6, 2015. The Northern States ..... 
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