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Farm Bill Program Addresses the Nation’s Biodiversity and Climate Crises

March 18, 2021

The Conservation Stewardship Program As our nation’s largest working lands conservation program, the Farm Bill’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), can and should be a boon for wildlife. But cuts in program funding under the previous administration left limited resources that farmers can use to enhance their conservation efforts on the lands they steward. During these […]

The Climate Crisis Needs More Than a Silver Bullet

March 5, 2021

Energy and momentum to address the climate crisis is building under the Biden-Harris Administration. Many parts of the agriculture sector, previously opposed to climate action, have shifted their stance as agricultural soils come into focus as potentially powerful carbon sinks – and source of profit. Legislators, farm groups, advocates, and corporations have been churning out […]

New Edition of NSAC’s Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program Just Released

November 19, 2020

Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The guide provides farmers and ranchers looking to enroll in the CSP program, or renew CSP contracts, with helpful, comprehensive, and accurate information about the program.  Since 2003, CSP has provided farmers and ranchers with five-year, renewable financial […]

RELEASE: NSAC Releases Farmers’ Guide to Conservation Stewardship Program

November 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Michael Happmhapp@sustainableagriculture.netNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition NSAC Releases Farmers’ Guide to Conservation Stewardship Program Publication helps farmers apply for nation’s largest working lands conservation program Thursday, November 19th, 2020 ⁠— As farmers start signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) across the country, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) today released its […]

Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation

July 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth blog in a series that focuses on the provisions of the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) in February 2020. The ARA represents the first comprehensive piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives addressing climate change and agriculture. Read our previous blogs in […]

RELEASE: Millions of dollars available for on-farm conservation: Deadline approaching soon!

March 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, edeeble@sustainableagriculture.net Millions of dollars available for on-farm conservation. Deadline approaching soon! NSAC releases information alert for renewals and first-time enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program Washington, DC, March 3, 2020 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released an information alert for farmers […]

NSAC Special Report: Conservation Stewardship Program

February 26, 2020

Over the last decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has enrolled over 94 million acres of farmland, ranchland, and forestland in conservation contracts. As of the end of 2018, over 74 million acres were enrolled in active CSP contracts – a landmass equal to the entire size of the states of Iowa […]

CSP Renewal Deadline Coming Up Quickly!

February 21, 2020

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for contract renewal in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)?  CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to actively manage and maintain existing conservation systems and […]

Make Your Voice Heard: Conservation Stewardship Program Interim Rule

December 11, 2019

Careful stewardship of the land and natural resources is a top priority for most family farmers – a deep and abiding attachment to the land that provides for their livelihoods is part of what makes them so good at their jobs. Since 2003, the federal government has provided financial support to farmers who go above […]

From the Farm to the Hill: NSAC Hosts FY 2020 Farmer Fly-in

July 10, 2019

Last week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) brought in over a dozen farmers and advocates for the Coalition’s second “farmer fly-in” of 2019. Fly-in advocates from ten different states across the country came to DC to champion the federal programs important to them and their communities before congressional appropriators. Currently, Congress is negotiating federal […]

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