PA Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Pennsylvania

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Anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2021

Grant amount: US $7,500 - US $200,000

Fields of work: Farms & Farming

Applicant type: Individuals, Indigenous Group, For-Profit Business, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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Overview:

Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance. 

Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help. 

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. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.

Conservation Stewardship Program

CSP helps agricultural producers and forestland owners maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance ‐ the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve the resource conditions on their land—soil, water, air, plants, animals (both domestic and wildlife), and energy conservation. For more information, visit the national CSP web page

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

Eligibility:

  • Applicant Eligibility –
    • Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian Tribes.
    • All CSP applications must meet the following eligibility requirements: 
      • Be listed as the operator in the USDA farm records management system for the operation being offered for enrollment. 
      • Document that they control the land for the term of the contract and include all eligible land in their entire operation in that contract.
      • Comply with highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions and comply with Adjusted Gross Income provisions.
      • Comply with tenants and sharecroppers provision.
  • Land Eligibility –
    • CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced.
    • Eligible lands include: 
      • private and Tribal agricultural lands (crop and pasture), 
      • nonindustrial private forest land (NIPF), 
      • associated agricultural land, and
      • farmstead.
    • Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract.
  • An applicant’s conservation activities must meet or exceed the stewardship threshold on all land uses for both of the following:
    • At least two resource concerns at the time of contract offer. 
    • At least one additional resource concern by the end of the conservation stewardship contract.