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NRCS Extends Sign-up Period for CSP

Auburn, Alabama - Oct. 7, 2010

Applications Will Be Accepted Through January 7, 2011

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett today announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended through January 7, 2011.

“We’re extending the sign-up period for CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications and participate in this program,” said Puckett.”

CSP is offered in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups with announced cut-off dates for ranking periods. The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change.

All producers are encouraged to apply for CSP. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations and potential payments. It is available from local NRCS offices or on the National NRCS website.

Interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to determine eligibility. Individuals are not eligible for CSP until they have completed the Farm Bill eligibility requirements. Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Farm Service Agency Office to begin this process.   NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.

This year represents the 75th year of NRCS "Helping People Help the Land." Since its inception the NRCS conservation delivery system has advanced a unique partnership with state and local governments and private landowners delivering conservation based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests.

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