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Discussion in 'Deer Management, Habitat & Conservation' started by tcwild, Feb 22, 2018.
Anyone have any idea what this is and what it requires you to do?
Here you go.......https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/
Thanks a buddy got an email about it today and wondered if I knew what it was.
Pays incentives to reward existing and implement new conservation practices. My contract pays about $6/a. I have rotational grazing, livestock excluded from streams and timber, include legumes in all pastures, grazing management, woodland wildlife improvement, foodplots, develope water sources for livestock and wildlife and others but you get the idea. Not a get rich thing but gives me a little extra to continue improvements.
I would think you could make more by getting in multiple CRP contracts.I have cp33,riparian,wetland,I will get out of the wetland as when you mention wetlands everything gets a little more protective
His is all Ozark timber.
Getting in CRP may be tough. There is no ongoing continous sign up,except grassland. Acreage is very near the national cap. I don't think there will be a general signup this year. CSP can include alot of acres that are not eligible for CRP such as pasture and timber. Pasture is only elgible for CRP as riparian buffers or grassland CRP which doesn't pay much more than csp in past signups.
another option is EQIP, a program I'll finish up this year with one of my farms. It was a 3 year commitment to complete certain conservation practices that i chose. In a recent conversation with my PLC, he said he has many of the same practices as EQIP, but his doesn't pay quite as much, and he doesn't have the deep pockets they do. He also said MDC doesn't have the paperwork requirements of EQIP, although I never really found them obtrusive.
But as others said, get on the MDC's list as they only have so much money and try to help everyone a little bit. They are funded July 1.
CSP rewards those stewards who have done conservation practices and provides funding to do more good work, just as others have mentioned. If you are in all timber you might not qualify for CSP if you don't have a Forest Management Plan and have been completed some of the work in the plan. CSP doesn't pay to have a Forest Management Plan Completed. If you have open land you might qualify for CSP, but the sign up ends on March 2nd.
If you don't have a Management Plan then I would apply for EQIP in the fall to get a Forest Management Plan. Then the following year, when you have a completed plan, sign up for EQIP again to begin implementing the plan, if that is your objectives. Hope this helps.
H e has had the PLC in and done the plan and we have been doing projects, Not sure who paid him EQUIP or MDC. He had gotten an email from his guy at NRCS that he wanted to talk to him about getting into the Conservation Stewardship Program. He ask me if I knew anything about it, he's going to call him next week. Thought you guys might know what my sweat equity will be for this thing.