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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. CSP provides opportunities to both recognize excellent stewards and deliver valuable new conservation.

Through 5-year contracts, payments will be made as soon as practical after October of each year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year. For all contracts, CSP payments to a person or legal entity may not exceed $40,000 in any year and $200,000 during any 5-year period. Each CSP contract will be limited to $200,000 over the term of the initial contract period. The average contract is $20-$30 per acre. In Fillmore County there is 31,000 cropland acres, 4,600 pastureland acres, and 1,900 forestland acres enrolled into the Conservation Stewardship Program.

If you are interested in learning more about CSP and how you can prepare for it, please contact our office at 507.765.3878 Ext 3, or stop in at the USDA Office located at 413 Farmers St Box A, Preston, MN 55965, and talk to District Conservationist, Jessica Bronson. Deadline for applications is January 17, 2014. Information is also available on the NRCS website www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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