DE Conservation Stewardship Program

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Delaware


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Delaware

Location of residency: Delaware

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Overview:

Delaware CSP Information

Most of the agriculture producers that are approved to participate in CSP have already been implementing conservation practices on their land. CSP steps in and offers enhancements for those practices. For example, if you have been practicing prescribed grazing, CSP would give you options to enhance that practice with activities such as grazing management to improve plants for wildlife, or grazing management to reduce soil compaction, or grazing management to improve riparian function, just to name a few.

If you decide to enroll in CSP, the local NRCS conservation planner will have a one-on-one consultation with you to evaluate your current management system and the natural resources on your land. Then the NRCS conservation planner will present a variety of CSP enhancement alternatives for you to consider implementing on your land, based on existing conservation practices. The variety of CSP conservation activities that are offered give you a lot of freedom to select enhancements or practices that help you meet your management goals. These improvements work naturally with your land to bring out your land’s best potential. 

Once you choose the enhancements that best fit your operation, CSP offers annual incentive payments for installing these practices on your land. If you want to take it even a step further, CSP also offers bundles where you can select a suite of enhancements to implement and receive an even higher payment rate.

Participant Responsibilities

  • Control or own eligible land
  • Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions
  • Comply with DUNS and SAMS requirements if operate as an entity
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
  • Develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations
  • Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP.
  • Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. 
  • Socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.