Being environmentally friendly can put some extra cash in farmers pockets. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is helping to point them in the right direction. At a meeting in Hastings, farmers, ranchers and forestland operators found out first hand about the new and improved Conservation Stewardship Program that was authorized in the 2008 farm bill. The Conservation Stewardship Program rewards farmers for doing a little extra, to help with conservation efforts. Resource Conservationist Shanda Weber says by continuing to practice good conservation, farmers can bring home some extra dollars.
“It’s extra income for practices that they are already doing and it’s a reward system for that so that they get just a little bit of extra income for that.”
Weber says efforts already being taken by farmers go a long way to help out the environment and the farmer.
“We’ve got a lot of minimum till and no till for the erosion control, most everyone is really watching the irrigation water and as well as being a good steward of the land, they are being a good steward of their own pocketbook, and that’s something that’s very important in farming.”
Producers interested in applying for CSP benefits can learn more about the program and see a list of other scheduled public meetings online at www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.