FYI: CSP Deadline ATTN: LAND STEWARDS OF INDIAN COUNTRY

CSP DeadlineMay 10, 2019
ATTN: LAND STEWARDS OF INDIAN COUNTRYThe Intertribal Agriculture Council wants to ensure maximum participation in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programming. The USDA was established to support those that are working tirelessly everyday to care for the land, grow food and fiber, and feed the world. Specifically, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) mission is, “Helping People Help the Land.”ROLE OF NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE
The role of NRCS is to provide cooperative conservation of land resources. Land managers are able to enter into cooperative agreements with NRCS to fulfill terms outlined in conservation plans. The ultimate goal through this cooperative approach to conservation is to improve the quality of NRCS’s seven resource concerns: soil, water, animals, plants, air,  humans, and energy. The improvement of these resource concerns presents land managers with an opportunity to increase productivity, regenerate resource health, and build greater efficiencies in their operation.
To reduce financial burden on the land manager, some NRCS programming offers a cost-share for the development of approved conservation infrastructure and enhancement of conservation-minded management. NRCS staff are available to offer technical assistance throughout the planning process.DOES NRCS HAVE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO YOU?
THE ANSWER IS YES! NRCS is charged with helping all land managers care for the land. Many programs are available, and we encourage you to reach out to check out their website to learn more about their programs.Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Deadline is May 10, 2019!
CSP supports the thoughtful stewardship of natural resources. Through CSP, producers can expect to: 
Enter into a five agreement with NRCS to integrate specific conservation practices in their management (examples include: rotational grazing, monitoring forage utilization, etc);Be eligible for up to $40,000 per year to assist in implementing planned conservation practices (total amount per producer is determined by the number of practices producers are willing to implement and the total acres of land enrolled in the program);Producers must provide evidence of land base control (written lease, deed of land, etc.) and they must have been in control of the land for at least one year prior to application. The 2019 Application is quick and easy, so you still have time to apply! Contact your local USDA office to:Complete an applicationEstablish a farm record with the Farm Service AgencyIf you are an Indian operator that would like assistance meeting the 2019 CSP deadline, contact the Intertribal Agriculture Council (605-964-8320). More information regarding CSP is available at www.indianag.org/naturalresources

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