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NMPF Comments on Conservation Stewardship Program Interim Final Rule

November 3, 2009


NMPF Comments on Conservation Stewardship Program Interim Final Rule

In comments to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, NMPF stated that many dairy farming systems in use today in various parts of the U.S. are well suited to participation in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).


NMPF is a founding member of the Innovation Center for US Dairy, a collaborative effort to develop a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by year 2020 within the dairy industry. The council is comprised of producers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, and other dairy industry stakeholders. The Innovation Center is working to implement and obtain funding for the 12 approved project plans that were endorsed in January, along with several other projects that are undergoing further analysis and refinement.

NMPF stressed that the fundamental goal in the final rulemaking must be to make it simple and easy for CSP to be of real, concrete, and practical assistance to farmers struggling to deal with their real and immediate conservation and environment needs and challenges. NMPF also encouraged NRCS, under the flexibility granted to the Secretary in the statute, to ensure that everything has been done to support this objective.