Conservation Stewardship Program Signup Extended to January 27
Des Moines, IA, Jan. 12, 2012 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that the cutoff date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) application ranking period has been extended to Jan. 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.
The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habit enhancements and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Participation in the program is voluntary.
An updated CSP self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants 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 on the Iowa NRCS website.
To apply or to find out more about CSP, visit your local USDA Service Center or go online to www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov.
Tom O'Connor, Iowa NRCS CSP Coordinator