NRCS Texas Announces Second Sign-up for FY24 Conservation Stewardship Program- Inflation Reduction Act Funding | Natural Resources Conservation Service

May 18, 2024 | by

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas announced a second sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in fiscal year 2024. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through June 21, 2024.

This sign-up will be funded through Act Now, which allows NRCS to immediately approve and obligate a ranked application in a designated ranking pool when an application meets or exceeds a state-determined minimum ranking score. The state determined minimum ranking score for this sign-up will be 15.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

CSP helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners build on their existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operations.  CSP participants earn an annual payment for five years, which enables them to achieve a greater level on conservation and stewardship. NRCS will custom design a CSP plan to meet a wide range of conservation objectives. CSP-IRA is a little different than CSP Classic, as this sign-up specifically targets climate and clean energy.

Applying for Assistance

NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs year-round; however, applications must be submitted by June 21, 2024, to be considered for this round of funding. Applications received after the listed date will be automatically deferred to the next funding period. 

NRCS has developed a faster process to approve producer applications for its conservation programs. Using its “Act Now” authority, NRCS can now pre-approve applications when they meet or exceed a pre-determined minimum ranking score. Applications are ranked according to local resource concerns; the amount of conservation benefits the work will provide and the needs of applicants.

Applications for eligible practices that meet or exceed pre-determined minimum ranking thresholds, which is 15 for Texas, will be considered for priority funding when applying for this initiative. 

This means funding decisions can be made without having to wait for all applications to be reviewed and ranked. This can potentially allow farmers to start conservation projects earlier instead of waiting long periods to know if a project will be funded.

Producers, landowners and forest managers interested in applying for assistance should contact their local NRCS service center.  Applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency county office when applying for NRCS programs to establish or update records.


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