Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program


As farmers start signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) across the country, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released its Farmers’ Guide to CSP. With interest growing nationwide in farming practices that can protect natural resources and reduce the impacts of climate change, the NSAC says this is a key time for producers to explore CSP.

The guide is intended to be a resource for farmers and ranchers who want to learn more about CSP or who are thinking about enrolling in the program.

Since the inception of the program, NSAC has been a strong advocate for CSP, the country’s largest private lands conservation program. CSP is designed to reward farmers who apply a conservation ethic across their entire operation.

CSP offers 5-year payments to producers who take on highly beneficial conservation practices on their farms that build soil health, improve water quality, and benefit wildlife. Some of those practices include cover crops, conservation buffers, rotational grazing, and many others. The guide also helps producers walk through the application and implementation processes for CSP.

NSAC has long worked to make the program effective so it can maximize its impact on the sustainability of farms and ranches across the United States. As Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have made changes to the program, NSAC has updated its Farmers’ Guide to accurately reflect the program and how it works.



National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

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