Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in Maine

CSP payments by fiscal year in Maine

CSP payments by county, 2017-2020

Practices and enhancements on CSP acres, 2017-2020, Maine

1Non-Industrial Private Forest Land Annual Payment$561,542
2Cropland Annual Payment$469,438
4Associated Ag Land$54,282
5Pasture Annual Payment$49,273
6Existing Activity Payment-Land Use$27,178
7Minimum Payment Adjustment$25,697
8Reduce risk of pesticides in surface water by utilizing IPM PAMS techniques$15,349
9Reduce risk of pesticides in surface water by utilizing precision pesticide application techniques$11,252
10Supplemental Payment$7,983
11Forest Stand Improvement$5,205
12Use of multi-species cover crops to improve soil health and increase soil organic matter$4,061
13Pastured Cropland Annual Payment$3,633
14Early Successional Habitat Development-Mgt$2,295
15Summer roosting habitat for native forest-dwelling bat species$1,899
16Existing Activity Payment-Resource Concern$1,500
17Forest Stand Improvement to rehabilitate degraded hardwood stands$1,442
18Conservation cover to provide cover and shelter habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects$1,407
19Incorporating wildlife friendly fencing for connectivity of wildlife food resources$1,228
20Conservation cover to provide habitat continuity for pollinators and beneficial insects$814
21Create patch openings to enhance wildlife cover and shelter$725
22Snags- den trees- and coarse woody debris for wildlife habitat$683
23Crop tree management for mast production$404
24Improving nutrient uptake efficiency and reducing risks to air quality - emissions of GHGs$389
25Cropland conversion to grass-based agriculture to reduce water erosion$313
26Maintaining and improving forest soil quality by limiting compaction$302
27Enhance development of the forest understory to create conditions resistant to pests$237
28Creating structural diversity with patch openings$230
29Adding food-producing trees and shrubs to existing plantings$222
30Herbaceous weed control (plant pest pressures) for desired plant communities/habitats$143
31Cover crop to suppress excessive weed pressures and break pest cycles$143
32Cover crop to minimize soil compaction$140
33Brush Management$96
34Conservation cover to provide food habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects$94
35Pest Management Conservation System$69
36Use of SHA to assist with development of cover crop mix to improve soil health and increase SOM$48
37Tree/Shrub Establishment $46
38Brush management for improved structure and composition$46
39Pasture and Hay Planting $16
40Cover crop to reduce water erosion$9
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 Total Payments, 2017-20201,309,182
NRCS climate smart practice: The list of NRCS climate smart CSP enhancements were not funded until 2020, so their total spending between 2017 and 2020 is small. However, CSP practices that have EQIP codes, like code 340 for cover crops, were funded before 2020. Payments for NRCS climate smart CSP enhancements are likely to be larger after 2020.

NCRS climate smart practices on CSP acres, 2017-2020, Maine

1Tree/Shrub Establishment $46
2Pasture and Hay Planting $16
 Total Climate Smart CSP payments, 2017-2020$62
NRCS climate smart practice.

CSP payments by county, 2017-2021

RankStateCSP Payments, 2017-2020
1Aroostook County, Maine$1,062,911
2Penobscot County, Maine$19,174
3Franklin County, Maine$6,546
4Oxford County, Maine$2,378
5Androscoggin County, Maine$283
6Washington County, Maine$20
7Cumberland County, Maine$0
8Hancock County, Maine$0
9Kennebec County, Maine$0
10Knox County, Maine$0
11Lincoln County, Maine$0
12Piscataquis County, Maine$0
13Sagadahoc County, Maine$0
14Somerset County, Maine$0
15Waldo County, Maine$0
16York County, Maine$0
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USDA Census of Agriculture Data for Maine, 2017

Land in Maine, 2017

Land typeAcres
Number of Farms:7,600
Total Acres in Farms:1,307,613
Cropland Acres:472,508
Permanent pasture and rangeland:62,369
Woodland Acres:685,529

Livestock in Maine, 2017

LivestockNumber of Animals
Broilers and other meat-type chickens sold222,347
Cattle and calves inventory79,416
Sheep and lambs inventory13,488
Hogs and pigs inventory4,632

Crops in Maine, 2017


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