Was that CSP or CSP?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Producers in Southeast Missouri who have had the luxury of participating in CSP, the Conservation Security Program, will see its successor being promoted over the duration of the new farm bill. Also labeled CSP, the Conservation Stewardship Program began sign up statewide on August 10, 2009.

The new CSP not only has a name change, but has a facelift too. Enhancements are different and the monetary incentives are also different. CSP encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. It is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on the land. CSP provides opportunities to both recognize excellent stewards and deliver valuable new conservation.

Program eligibility is limited to farm operators acknowledged through USDA Farm Services Agency records. Operators must have documented control of the land for the term of the contract and include all eligible land that is operated in the contract. Annual payments for cropland are estimated to range from $12 - $22, less any technical incentives provided to the agency. Pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible lands, but range lower in annual payments.

Payments will be made as soon as practical after October of each year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year. For all contracts, CSP payments to a person or legal entity may not exceed $40,000 in any year. Each CSP contract will be limited to $200,000 over the term of a 5-year contract period.

Although the signup is continual, the first ranking period will end on September 30th. Don‘*t wait to seek out the facts on the program. Great resources are available on the web: http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/CSP/stewardship/csp_general.html or at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/new_csp/. You can also contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office to obtain more information about the new sign up and application process.

Contact numbers for the NRCS county offices are following:

„«Bollinger, Marble Hill, (573) 238-2671 ext. 3
„«Butler, Poplar Bluff, (573) 785-6160 ext. 3
„«Cape Girardeau, Jackson, (573) 243-1467 ext. 3
„«Dunklin, Kennett, (573) 888-2480 ext. 3
„«Madison SWCD, Fredericktown, (573) 783-5291
„«Mississippi, Charleston, (573) 649-9930 ext. 3
„«New Madrid, New Madrid (573) 748-5245 ext. 3
„«Pemiscot, Caruthersville, (573) 333-0751 ext. 3
„«Perry, Perryville, (573) 547-4077 ext. 3
„«Ripley, Doniphan, (573) 996-3619 ext. 3
„«Scott, Benton, (573) 545-3593 ext. 3
„«Stoddard, Dexter, (573) 624-5939 ext. 3
„«Wayne, Greenville, (573) 224-3410 ext. 3

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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