Nebraska landowners and operators are encouraged to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office. CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who maintain a high-level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt additional conservation measures to their operations.
CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and with spring planting still progressing, Craig Derickson, NRCS state conservationist in Nebraska, urges Nebraska farmers and ranchers to not miss out on this opportunity.
"The Conservation Stewardship Program is unique in how NRCS provides conservation
program payments," Derickson says. "CSP participants will receive an annual land use payment for the environmental benefits they produce on their operation. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance--the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment.
"CSP has been a very successful program for Nebraska's farmers and ranchers. More than 2,000 contracts in 91 counties have been enrolled into CSP."
CSP is available statewide to individual landowners, legal entities and Indian tribes.
Eligible land includes cropland, grassland, prairie, improved pastureland, non-industrial private forestland, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Contracts are set at five years and include all the land controlled by an operator.
For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, producers can visit online or stop by their local NRCS field office.