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Rob Fredericksen, Resource Conservationist

208.685.6993


Applications Due by June 14 for Conservation Stewardship Program

Additional Contact:
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.685.6978

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Boise, Idaho, May 28, 2013 — The Natural Resources Conservation Service received funding to enroll agricultural land in the 2013 Conservation Stewardship Program. Through this program, producers who maintain a high level of conservation stewardship on their land may be eligible to receive compensation for their good conservation efforts. Applications received by June 14, 2013 will be ranked for this year’s funding.

“The Conservation Stewardship Program offers payments to producers for conservation accomplishments,” said Jeff Burwell, Idaho NRCS State Conservationist. “The program rewards farmers and ranchers who properly manage their farms, ranches, and timber lands to conserve natural resources. Their stewardship generates significant environmental benefits including clean air, clean water, and healthy soils and helps sustain food and fiber production for the citizens of Idaho.”

The program encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address resource concerns by improving and maintaining existing conservation activities as well as undertaking additional conservation “enhancements.” Examples of enhancements include practices that improve soil health, grazing rotations or wildlife habitat; treat crowded forest stands; or facilitate tillage system changes. The complete list of practices and enhancements is located on the Idaho NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program Web page.

As part of the CSP application process, applicants work with NRCS field personnel to complete a resource inventory to determine conservation levels for existing activities and identify compatible conservation enhancements. The applicant’s conservation performance will be used to determine eligibility, ranking and payments.

Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.

A self-screening checklist with basic information on program eligibility requirements, contract obligation and potential payments is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The self-screening checklist, along with a list of practices and enhancements, payment rates and more, is available on the Conservation Stewardship Program Web page.

For more information on CSP, stop by your local USDA service center or visit NRCS online at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.

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