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NRCS Urges Landowners to Sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program

Auburn, Ala, May 17, 2010

NRCS State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced that June 11, 2010, is the deadline for the next ranking and funding period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP offers financial and technical assistance to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. 

“Voluntary conservation practices by private landowners are essential in improving soil and water quality,” said Puckett.  Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, and non-industrial forestland. 

Under the interim final rule published July 29, 2009, eligible producers may submit an application to enroll eligible land in CSP on a continuous basis.  Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP now to ensure their applications will be considered during the next funding and ranking period.  However, they can make their final decision to participate in the program once the CSP final rule is issued.  The final rule will establish the policies and procedures for the program.

Potential applicants are encouraged to use the CSP self-screening checklist to determine if the new program is suitable for their operation.  The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations, and potential payments.  Producers can contact their local NRCS 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.  For additional information about CSP visit:  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html.

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.