Producers: enrollment is now open to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be submitted by February 3, 2017 to be considered for 2017 funding. The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hosted three regional public meetings in December to provide updates on changes to the CSP program. You can view a video recording by ISA’s Woody Woodruff of the Bloomington NRCS CSP Public Meeting at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ti25tlbeS5c
CSP is a working lands conservation program that pays producers to improve, maintain, and actively manage conservation activities in place at the time of application and to adopt new conservation activities during the contract period. As Illinois strives to meet nutrient loss reduction goals, conservation programs such as CSP can help producers by investing program dollars into in-field practices that improve soil health and water quality. Contact your local NRCS Field Office or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/csp for more information.