Applications for USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Due by January 17
Rob Fredericksen, Resource Conservationist
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.685.6978
BOISE, ID – December 3, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the 2014 Conservation Stewardship 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 January 17, 2014 will be ranked for this year’s funding.
“The Conservation Stewardship Program offers an incentive to farmers and ranchers to properly manage their farms, ranches, and timber lands to conserve natural resources,” said Jeff Burwell, Idaho NRCS State Conservationist. “The program emphasizes conservation performance offering payments to producers for conservation accomplishments.”
The program encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address resource problems 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.
A self-screening checklist with basic information on program eligibility requirements, contract obligation, and potential payments is available to help producers determine if the program 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 Idaho NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program Web page.
Land 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. “Since the program began in 2009, NRCS has enrolled more than 600,000 acres in Idaho” said Burwell.
For more information on CSP, stop by your local USDA service center or visit NRCS online at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.
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