One of the biggest - and best! - federal conservation programs that helps working farmers manage their land sustainably is in trouble. It's called the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), it's widely popular with farmers, and it's growing - currently covering over 60 million acres of land in the US (more acres than the entire state of Minnesota!). CSP rewards farmers for protecting and maintaining healthy soil and clean water for generations to come.
However, right now, USDA-imposed restrictions make it harder for good conservation farmers to access the program and receive support for the highest-impact environmental practices on their farms.
We need to act now - NRCS is seeking input until January 20 from farmers and the public! The changes we’re asking for will ensure CSP has an even bigger positive impact on our nation’s land and water, reaches all types of farmers, and ensures taxpayer dollars are invested wisely in America’s agricultural legacy.
Step 1: Sign our letter to USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller below! We will deliver this letter on January 20. We are partnering with the Center for Rural Affairs on this letter!
Step 2: Got an extra few minutes? Submit your own comments to NRCS online or via mail! If you’re a farmer, submitting your own comments IS CRITICAL, especially if you have used CSP! NRCS needs to hear your story about why CSP is important, and what changes need to be made to improve it. Scroll down or click here for instructions and a sample comment!
Step 3: If you submit your own comments, take a second to let us know! We'd love to know how many comments are going in!