USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida accepts applications for its conservation programs year-round. The State Technical Committee, composed of conservation and agricultural-related agency and organization representatives, works with NRCS to identify resource priorities and how best to address them. NRCS then sets state-specific, ranking dates to evaluate applications for funding that account for producer needs, staff workload and ensure potential participants have ample opportunities to apply.
In Florida, a current ranking date of December 10, 2021 has been set for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2022. If you apply after that ranking date, then NRCS will automatically consider your application during the next funding cycle.
CSP helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, NRCS can custom design a plan to help you meet those goals. They can help you with cover crops, develop a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, implement no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.
Contact your local USDA Service center to learn more.