Conservation Stewardship and Business Tools ( Conservation Measurement Tool/ Toolkit/ Program Contracts System ). August 2009. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Discussion Topics. Conservation Stewardship Plan Toolkit Setup Program Contracts System (ProTracts) Setup
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The Conservation Stewardship Plan contains:
A record of the participant’s decisions
that describe the schedule of additional
conservation activities to be installed and
adopted to achieve additional
conservation performance improvement
under the conservation stewardship
Basis for the plan:
Conservation Performance Summary Report
form the CMT.
Conservation Stewardship Plan - Individual
Contract - Conservation Performance
Payment Points by land use and
supplemental payment only
The Conservation Stewardship Plan will be
completed after on-site field verification for
approved applications, and
Before contract obligation
New practices offered through Conservation Stewardship
Program (CSP) - to meet additional stewardship thresholds
Agreed to practices not offered through CSP
Planned individually (80 new activity codes)
Adjust acres to the planned amount
accepted by the applicant
Customized narratives if needed
Reference the job sheet
Available for the explicit purpose of encouraging
producers to meet additional stewardship thresholds.
Originally selected with the applicant in the office.
Certified adequate to meet stewardship threshold
requirements after field verification
Scheduled any year of the contract
Report to Progress Reporting System (PRS)
Practices “agreed to” by the applicant not offered
Are documented in the Conservation
Will use Code - Progress Reporting System
Do not duplicate the information in the
operator’s farm plan
By signing Form NRCS-CPA-1202 - Appendix
Conservation Stewardship Plan
Conservation Stewardship Contract
Conservation performance levels identified
on the Conservation Performance Summary
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
designated conservationist- required
(to certify the technical adequacy of the plan conservation treatment)
Annual contract reviews need to be done early enough in the year to allow for any needed substitutions before payments and potential non compliance.
Enhancements may be replaced with similar enhancements as long as the conservation performance estimated by CMT is equal to or better than the conservation performance at enrollment.
Re-run the CMT
Conservation Performance Summary Report accepted by the applicant
Update Conservation Stewardship Plan
An enhancement replacement that results in a decline below the conservation performance level will not be allowed.
Follow policy in Title 440-Conservation Programs Manual (CPM)– Part 512, Section 512.55
Conservation Performance Summary Report from CMT (Inventory resource, benchmark data, new activities)
Documentation for transition to organic farming
On-farm research and demos or pilot project proposal
State supplemental documents
Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR) rotation information (job sheet)
Other documentation listed on Title 440 – CPM, Part 512,
No upload to Protracts
One Conservation Stewardship Plan supports all stewardship contracts
The participant will operate and maintain:
Existing activities on the operation to at least
meet the level of conservation performance
identify at the time of application on the
Conservation Performance Summary Report
for the contract period.
Additional conservation activities installed
and adopted over the term of the contract.
See Title 440, Part 512, Section
512.20 for policy on applications.
Contract numbers will be “81”
New Application Data Plan
adjusted gross income (AGI) ($1 mil), have
Form AD-1026 on file, meet highly erodible land/
(HEL/WC), and have a land
on ProTracts Home Page soon
the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.
Service Center Information Management System (SCIMS)
about September 19
eligibility after FSA rollover
not eligible to participate in CSP 2008 on the
same land units.
CPM, Part 508, Section 508.94 - Prohibited Payments
A. Prohibited Activities
B. Preventing Duplicate Payments
(1) A program applicant or participant may not schedule the installation of new enhancements or practices through CSP that are earning financial assistance payments through any other U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation program on the same land at the same time. Program applicants will complete the Conservation Performance Summary Report Duplicate Payments Addendum during the application process.
name and resource concerns.
+ pastureland acres/total operation acres x pastureland conservation performance payment points
+ rangeland acres/ total operation acres x rangeland conservation performance payment points
ProTracts Rules for setting applications to
auto-generation of the
contract items and
payment rates for printing
on Form NRCS-CPA-1155
and will be stored in contract history.
Stewardship contracts (ag operation and NIPF)
requirements and not offered through CSP will be
planned in the Stewardship Plan as CTA
National narratives provided
and attribute labels
Form NRCS-CPA-1155, and the appendix.
Title 440 - CPM – Part 508 - Section 508.95 - Payment Limitations
the program, a person or legal entity may not receive, directly or indirectly, payments that, in the aggregate, exceed:
(i) $40,000 during any fiscal year for all conservation stewardship contracts entered into, and
entered into during any five-year period
(2) The above limitations exclude funding arrangements with federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native corporations as described in Title 440, CPM, Part 508, Section 508.95(C).
Will store history of the application from the ProTracts and CMT evaluation
beginning of the calendar year.
508.103 - Contract Reviews
Title 440 – CPM , Part 508, Section 508.90 - Payment
Section 508.93 - Timing of Payments
payments as soon as practicable after October 1 of each
year for activities carried out in the previous year.
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