CSP is a financial assistance conservation
program which helps agricultural and forestland producers take
the conservation activities on their farm to the next level.
“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for producers working
to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said
While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested
producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office
by January 7, 2022, to ensure their applications are considered
for 2022 funding.
CSP provides many benefits, including increased crop yields,
decreased input costs, wildlife habitat improvements, and
increased resilience to weather extremes. CSP is for working
lands including cropland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private
forest land. CSP assists agricultural and forestland producers
build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their
Producers interested in EQIP should submit a signed application
(NRCS-CPA-1200 form) to the local NRCS field office or through
the Farmers.gov website using their account. A blank
NRCS-CPA-1200 application form may be obtained from the local
office or on the Illinois NRCS website. Producers wishing to use
Farmers.gov, can sign in or create an account by clicking on
“Sign up” in the upper right of the website.
CSP applications submitted by January 7, 2022 will be evaluated
by the local NRCS field office staff. NRCS staff will work with
applicants to assess their land and resource concerns, answer
ranking questions, and determine program eligibility. If an
application is ranked high enough to be funded, NRCS staff will
work with the applicant to develop a contract.
For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA
service center or visithttps://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/
[Paige Mitchell Buck]