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Conservation Security Program (CSP)

The CSP, enacted in the 2002 farm bill (P.L. 107-171, Sec. 2001) and administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), enrolls land and assists producers in promoting resource conservation from FY2003 through FY2007 on lands producing agricultural crops. The law specifies but does not limit the program to 19 allowable conservation practices. The program receives mandatory funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). In response to the limited funding, NRCS limits the program to specified watersheds, which change from year to year. CSP was first enacted as an entitlement, but is currently capped at $6.0 billion over 10 years.

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