By Brian Boyce
May 6, 2019
The multiplicity of benefits associated with conservation practices are numerous. From the beginnings of human civilization, farmers have been stewards of the land and quite often served as its most steadfast guardian. But in addition to the social values ascribed good stewardship, the federal government also offers a number of payment-driven programs that encourage farmers and landowners to offer the ground a relief.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are a diverse series of offerings that partner cash-incentives with ecological stewardship for the purpose of improving water quality, reducing soil erosion, and increasing habitats for endangered and threatened species. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the CRP is the largest private-lands conservation program in the U.S. Regardless the region in which your land may lie, while the CSP offers a wide range of options. Between the two, chances are, there’s a program tailored for you.
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