|CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
||S. 3042, Subtitle B
||H.R. 2, sec. 2801
||Mostly maintains the prior
CSP program. The most important change that decreases spending versus the
baseline over the next decade by about $1 billion is to reduce the number of
new acres coming into the program over the decade.
||CSP is repealed; however,
much of the program is subsumed into the Environmental Quality Incentives
||2023 (Section 2201)
||N/A, repeals CSP
adaptation did not qualify.
||Amends what qualifies for
CSP to include conservation planning, soil health planning, and assisting
producers with adapting to weather volatility (Sections 2202)
||Costs cannot legally factor
in to rankings of different applications.
||Secretary is to rank
applications based on environmental and conservation benefits and to consider
conservation activities when renewing 5-year contracts. Ties are broken by
relative costs (Section 2203)
of the Secretary (payments):
crop rotations qualify for supplemental payments. There is no set definition
for 'comprehensive conservation plan', nor payment for one.
||The Secretary will manage
the program at $18/acre. Authorizes payments for cover crops and supplemental
payments for advanced grazing management
(the use of a combination of grazing practices determined by the Secretary
that provides for i) improved soil health & carbon sequestration, ii)
drought resilience, iii) wildlife habitat, iv) wildlife mitigation, v)
control of invasive plants and vi) water quality improvement). Additional
payment is authorized for eligible advanced grazing management and resource
conserving crop rotations. A comprehensive conservation plan is one that
meets or exceeds the stewardship threshold for each priority resource
concern, and qualify for a one time payment dependent on the number of
priority resource concerns addressed in the comprehensive conservation plan
and the number of land uses included in the comprehensive conservation plan.
of the Secretary (other):
||Program was approved
through 2023. 10,000,000 acres are to be enrolled in each fiscal year.
||Approves the program
through 2028. 8.8 million acres are to be enrolled in each fiscal year. The
Secretary is to allocate state funding for organic production and requires
the Secretary to coordinate and streamline CSP with EQIP and must report to
the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on the national average rate of funding per
acre for the program that fiscal year, and the payment rates for conservation
activities offered to producers under the program and an analysis of whether
payment rates can be reduced for the most expensive conservation activities.
||Saves $1 billion
||Saves $12.6 billion