The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has recently been updated and is open for enrollment by interested growers/landowners. California rice is also part of a special regional effort offering extra “priority” for enrolling 18,000 acres of California ricelands into CSP.
Rice farmers who apply for CSP by December 30 will compete only with other rice farms for the 18,000 acres reserved for rice applicants. Otherwise, CSP applications will also be accepted through February 3, 2017 but will compete in a larger pool of all crop and rangelands statewide.
We encourage interested growers to apply as early as possible because going in right before the deadline can make things difficult on the NRCS Service Centers that will process these requests.