USDA sets deadline for Conservation Stewardship applications

EAST LANSING -- Farmers and private nonindustrial forest owners seeking to enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Stewardship Program must submit applications by June 1 to be eligible for the current selection period.

Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques.

The Conservation Stewardship Program is offered in Michigan through continuous signups. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes.

The program is available statewide with additional funding targeted to northwest Michigan through the Tribal Stream and Michigan Fruitbelt Collaborative, a project funded through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

For additional information about the Conservation Stewardship Program, contact your local service center. USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing.

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