Agricultural landowners in Florida are being reminded applications to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are due by Friday, February 24th 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.
Eligible CSP lands include associated ag land, cropland, farmstead, non-industrial private forestland, pastureland and rangeland. 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.
Those eligible to apply for CSP 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.