Minnesota Conservation Stewardship Program deadline announced  

Farm and Food
Contact(s)

Andrea Hartman, policy assistant, andreah@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1036;  Teresa Hoffman, policy communications associate, teresah@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1012; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The sign-up period for farmers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In Minnesota, the deadline to submit initial paperwork is March 26. 

“CSP is a great opportunity for farmers who are already incorporating conservation in their operations to add additional practices,” said Andrea Hartman, policy assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs. 

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), CSP is one of the leading programs providing financial and technical assistance for producers to maintain agricultural production on their land, and simultaneously address resource concerns with conservation practices. 

In 2020, there were more than 90,000 acres actively enrolled in Minnesota. Top practices include cover crops, integrated pest management, nutrient management, tree/shrub establishment, and herbaceous weed control. 

When applying for a CSP contract, producers develop a conservation plan with their local NRCS staff, which can include an assortment of practices and enhancements to benefit a wide array of natural resources, such as water quality and soil health.

Farmers interested in applying should call their local NRCS office to set up an appointment.