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  • Conservation Program Signup is Underway

    ANNA JOHNSON, Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs|Apr 25, 2019

    Farmers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year have until May 10 to submit initial paperwork to their local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office. The process to indicate interest in enrolling in CSP is easy. Farmers and ranchers only need to submit a three-page form and their farm record number to NRCS. Those who do not have a farm record number should first contact their local Farm Service Agency office to obtain one. CSP offers farmers and ranchers an important pathway to enhancing stewa...

  • America Has Waited Too Long For Farm Bill

    ANNA JOHNSON, Center for Rural Affairs|Jan 3, 2019

    The compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the largest farms or secure stable long-term funding for working lands conservation. We are pleased that Congress maintained the Conservation Stewardship Program in the final bill, and included policy changes to strengthen the program. Changes include increased support for cover crops, resource-conserving crop rotations, and advanced grazing management. We are disappointed that Congress did not fix...