Conservation Stewardship Program Accepting Applications

The nation’s largest conservation program is now accepting applications from agriculture producers. Applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program received by June 1 will be considered for the next round of funding.

CSP is a Farm Bill program for producers who already are conservation stewards, and who want to add more conservation benefits such as improved water and soil quality and enhanced wildlife habitat.

An additional program is designed to restore, manage and conserve habitat for monarch butterflies.

CSP benefits include increased crop yields, decreased inputs, improved wildlife habitat and increased resilience to weather extremes.

Eligible agricultural production practices include cover crops, buffer strips, ecologically-based pest management, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat.

CSP also encourages cutting-edge technology and management techniques such as precision applications, on-site carbon storage and high-carbon sequestration, and soil amendments that improve water quality.

For program details and an application form, contact district conservationist Jerod Chew at or by calling (317) 745-2555, ext. 3.

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