WASHINGTON, D.C. — Applications to be considered for funding for the 2019 fiscal year for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) must be submitted by May 10, 2019.

According to a press release Friday, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is projected to invest up to $700 million for contract extensions along with new enrollments.

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The 2018 Farm Bill allowed the NRCS to make changes to the CSP including providing support for organic producers or those transitioning to organic agriculture, high ranking applications are now enrolled based on dollars rather than acres and higher payment rates for specific conservation activities are now available.

Matthew Lohr. Chief of the NRCS, was quoted in the press release highlighting why the CSP is a crucial program in preserving natural resources around the U. S. and its outlying territories.

“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” Lohr said, “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

Producers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program  are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office or visit the NRCS website to find a USDA Service Center.