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NRCS extends conservation grant deadline

April 1, 2021  By Bree Rody

Land owners in California seeking funding for conservation-related projects and systems now have nearly one more week to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) from the USDA NRCS.

The program offers payments and technical assistants to help producers adopt new or additional conservation practices, or maintain and enhance current systems. Per the program’s policies, the higher the performance, the higher the payment. While not strictly bound to drainage activities, eligible activities may include those related to enhancement of soil health, changing weather patterns, efficient irrigation and more – all of which might include subsurface drainage as part of their solutions.

“We know many sectors of our diverse agricultural economy are learning more about CSP and are excited about the opportunities,” said Carlos Suarez, state conservationist for NRCS California, in a statement.

Although conservation applications are accepted throughout the year, applications received by the local NRCS offices on or prior to April 7 will be part of the cohort considered for 2021 funding. Selections will be confirmed in late April, with contracts obligated by July 30.


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