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Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up by May 10, 2019

As after every Farm Bill, USDA is in the process of developing the rules and processes for implementing programs authorized in the Farm Bill. Thus, we’re happy that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that farmers have until May 10, 2019, to sign up for an important voluntary “working lands” conservation program we’ve fought hard for, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

CSP comprehensively addresses natural resources across an entire farm. Thus, at a time when many farms face financial crisis, CSP can help them improve their profitability and sustainability by protecting and enhancing soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat, as it does across millions of acres of agricultural land.

The 2019 sign-up is the first enrollment period following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, during which attempts were made to eliminate the program entirely. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, through our active involvement with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), was among many groups that fought against efforts to eliminate CSP in the farm bill and successfully secured provisions to incentivize the most impactful conservation activities within CSP.

MFAI urges all eligible farmers to contact your local NRCS office to apply for CSP before the May 10 deadline.