- a newsrelease from the Nebraska Natural Resource Conservation Service - USDA
Over 1,000 Nebraska farmers and ranchers (1,033) can receive more than $6.5 million in new contracts as part of the Conservation Security Program, according to Steve Chick, Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist. It is now the farmers or ranchers choice to accept these contract offers which will be extended through local NRCS offices soon, he added.
More than 1,530 farmers in all or parts of 17 Nebraska counties applied for the program. While CSP was offered on a limited basis in 2004and 70 Nebraska farmers enrolled, this is the first year agricultural producers in all 50 states in 220 watershed locations were given an opportunity to participate in the program.
“Traditionally conservation programs offer incentives to encourage farmers and ranchers to apply soil, water and wildlife practices. The CSP recognizes farmers and ranchers who have applied those conservation practices, yet offers enhancement payments to encourage additional conservation practices to be applied to their land,” said Chick.
“These new contract holders are good stewards of the land. The intent of CSP is to recognize them for their efforts, encourage more conservation work and hopefully inspireother landowners to apply conservation on their land and get into the program too,” said Chick.
The contracts are for 5 to 10 years. Typical conservation practices and enhancements vary from: conservation tillage of leaving crop residue on the field, wildlife habitat improvements, pesticide and fertilizer management, terraces or irrigation management.
CSP applicants participate in the program on three different tier levels, depending on their documented conservation management and their agreement to do additional enhancements.In Nebraska, out of the 1,033 approved applications, there were: 946 in Tier I, 58 in Tier II, and 29 in Tier III. Tier III recognizes the highest level of conservation already on the land. Landowners in Tier I and II can move up in payment by increasing the conservation work on their land.
Farmers and ranchers in all or parts of the following counties were eligible depending on their watershed boundaries: Adams, Butler, Clay, Dundy, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Kimball, Jefferson, Lancaster, Pawnee, Polk, Saline, Seward, Thayer and York.
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