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Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Extended to January 27

AUBURN, Ala, January 12, 2012

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett today announced that the cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to January 27, 2012. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments. 

“We want to ensure that people who want to be considered for CSP during this first ranking period have the time they need to complete their applications,” Puckett said. “CSP is a very popular program and I encourage interested producers to apply at their local NRCS office.”

CSP is offered in all 50 states, tribal lands, and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups. Administered by NRCS, CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and conservation activities that address the effects of climate change.

Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP throughout the year to be considered for current and future application ranking periods. Those who apply by January 27, 2012, may be eligible for current available funding. 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 and online at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp

Interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to determine eligibility. 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.