RI Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Rhode Island


Grant amount: More than US $7,500

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019

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

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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Overview:

Our 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.

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:

  • Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland, and nonindustrial private forest land
  • CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. 
  • 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 resource concern by the end of the contract.
  • Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract.
    • Contracts include all eligible land in the agricultural operation.