Farm Policy News

Deadline nears to comment on Conservation Stewardship Program changes

Farmers who want to weigh-in on changes to the nation's Conservation Stewardship Program have five weeks to submit comments to the United States Department of Agriculture.

CSP offers farmers five-year paid contracts on working lands in an effort to control soil erosion, improve water quality, protect wildlife habitat and support other conservation practices. Paul Ackley farms 800 acres in southwestern Iowa and said the program helped him improve profitability.

Funding available for livestock investment in Minnesota

Producers looking to improve, update, or modernize their livestock operation infrastructure or equipment in 2020 or early 2021 may be eligible for grant funding through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The department  plans to award a total of $768,000 during this time frame. Grants would be awarded for 10 percent of a proposed project’s value, up to $250,000.

The nine-page application is straightforward, with the instructions explicitly asking applicants to avoid getting too technical.

Public invited to comment on new Conservation Stewardship Program rule

Changes are coming to the nation’s largest conservation program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comments on a new rule.

On Nov. 12, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which offers farmers and ranchers a valuable opportunity to build on and increase conservation on their operations.

Our recommendations to make EQIP more accessible and streamlined

Since 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs has advocated for conservation as a valuable tool for farmers and ranchers to establish and grow their operations, including supporting programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

With passage of the farm bill in December 2018, the Center for Rural Affairs’ attention turns to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is responsible for enacting the farm bill.

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