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Florida Ag Landowners Encouraged to Apply for CSP by February 24

Dan Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Florida, USDA-NRCS

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Agricultural landowners in Florida are encouraged to apply to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) by February 24, 2023, to qualify for the program’s current funding cycle. Through this voluntary conservation program, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works one-on-one with producers to develop a conservation plan that outlines and enhances existing efforts while improving their agricultural operations.

Using new conservation practices or activities, agricultural producers can adopt practices and activities that expand on the benefits of cleaner water and air, healthier soil, and better wildlife habitat, all based on management objectives specific to their farming operation.

“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,” said Juan C. Hernandez, State Conservationist for NRCS in Florida. “CSP offers annual payments for implementing conservation practices on your land and operating and maintaining existing conservation efforts.”

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CSP contracts are for five years, with the opportunity to compete for a contract renewal if the landowner successfully fulfills the initial contract and agrees to achieve additional conservation objectives.

Eligible CSP lands include associated ag land, cropland, farmstead, non-industrial private forestland, pastureland and rangeland.

Eligible CSP persons include agricultural producers, Indian Tribes, owners of non-industrial private forestland and those with an interest in the agricultural or forestry operations.

And while CSP applications are accepted on a continuing basis, the current funding cycle for Florida NRCS closes February 24, 2023. All applications received after that date will be considered for a future funding cycle. 

Contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center for more information.