Don't forget to check out the new Conservation Stewardship Program. The first sign-up period ends Sept. 30.
CSP is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner.
Through CSP, the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers who conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land.
Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial private forestlands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian Tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed.
The priority resource concerns identified for agricultural land in South Dakota include water quality, soil erosion, soil quality and plants. Priority resource concerns for non-industrial private forestland include water quality, animals, and plants. Applications will be evaluated relative to other applications, and should address these priority resource concerns.
Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, and Indian Tribes. Each applicant's 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.
CSP offers participants two types of payments: annual payments for installing and adopting additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities; and supplemental payments for the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations.
For more information about CSP, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html or contact your local NRCS office.
Source: South Dakota Department of Agriculture