NASHVILLE, February 10, 2023 – NRCS Tennessee State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower announced the fiscal year 2023 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Classic application deadline. Tennessee agricultural producers who wish to be considered for funding this fiscal year should apply by Thursday, March 23, 2023.
“Through CSP, NRCS helps farmers and ranchers earn payments for maintaining their current level of conservation across their entire operation,” said Hightower. “CSP also provides the opportunity for farm operators to expand their conservation activities by adopting new technologies and management techniques.”
CSP provides many benefits, including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements, and increased resilience to weather extremes. The program is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forestland, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe. Farmsteads and other associated agricultural lands are also included. CSP also provides specific support for organic and transitioning to organic producers.
To be eligible, contract participants must meet Farm Bill Program eligibility in conjunction with the Farm Service Agency, which includes meeting the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Compliance requirements and the Adjusted Gross Income limits.
Applicants must also:
- Control or own eligible land;
- Develop an NRCS CSP plan of operations;
- Provide a map(s) that identifies and delineates the boundaries of all eligible land uses and acres included in their operation; and
- Identify any ineligible land that is part of their operation.
While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY should submit applications to this office by the deadline to ensure their operations are considered for FY 2023 funding.
For more information about the CSP program, contact our office at 931-368-0252 x 3.
You may also visit the NRCS Tennessee website here.
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