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The New
Conservation Stewardship Program
Ben and Dave Avis -- CSP Contract Holder

by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri

On the Ben and Dave Avis family farm.
On the Ben and Dave Avis family farm.

The new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments for adding conservation practices and maintaining and managing existing conservation practices. Unlike the previous CSP, which was watershed specific, any farmer in Missouri can now apply. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland. This article is one of three describing the advantages of the CSP. For more info contact the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) at 573-449-1336.

Ben and Dave Avis are "proud of what [they] have been able to do on [their] farm to increase conservation, and it is only possible with the help of NRCS."

The Avis' run a cattle/calf operation in Warrenton, Missouri, and have four conservation practices funded through the Conservation Stewardship Program. Three of the four they were doing already on their farm: oil recycling, pasture monitoring, and mineral block movement. CSP also helped fund an additional conservation enhancement, which entails converting 2 ½ acres of working land into active production for native wildflowers creating an environment for pollinators. “People driving down my road will be able to see the wildflower acreage ... it not only is good for the environment and helps our bottom line, but will also looks great”, says Avis.

"The application process for CSP was easy. I have a great relationship with my local NRCS office, they have made frequent trips to our farm and helped figure out what additional conservation practice made sense. All I had to do was sign the dotted line."

Ben and Dave Avis - Contract Snapshot

Previous On-Farm Conservation Practices:

  • Oil recycling
  • Pastureland monitoring
  • Mineral block movement

Conservation Enhancements through CSP:

  • Conversion of working land into native wildflowers for pollinator habitat

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Published in In Motion Magazine July 6, 2010.

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