MI Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Michigan


Grant amount: More than US $7,500

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019

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

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Overview:

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you schedule timely planting of cover crops, develop a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, implement no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat. 

Sustainable Production

CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in CSP. Thousands of people that have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation. 

CSP participants are seeing real results. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved cattle gains per acre 
  • Increased crop yields
  • Decreased inputs
  • Wildlife population improvements
  • Better resilience to weather extremes

Through CSP, we can help you build your business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of your entire operation. Good land stewardship not only conserves the natural resources on your farm, ranch or forest, it also provides multiple benefits to local communities, including better water and air quality and wildlife habitat, as well as food and fiber.

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

Eligibility:

  • Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian tribes that meet the stewardship threshold for at least two priority resource concerns when they apply.
    • They must also agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the contract.
  • Eligible, privately owned, land must be under control of the applicant for the duration of the CSP contract, which is five years.
    • The entire agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.
  • Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land.

Ineligibility:

  • Land already enrolled in some USDA Farm Bill programs, such as CRP and some easement programs, may not be eligible