Short Time Left to Sign Up for Conservation Stewardship Program
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.685.6978
BOISE, ID – January 24, 2014 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service encourages farmers and ranchers to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to help conserve their lands' resources. The applicatiojn period for fiscal year 2014 is drawing to a close and applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2014.
“It's a good program," said Idaho NRCS State Conservationist, Jeff Burwell. "It provides funding assistance to producers to maintain conservation practices and also gives them incentives to adopt new conservation measures."
The program emphasizes conservation performane -- producers earn higher payments for higher performance. Producers enrolled in the program can get financial assistance to install conservation enhancements that make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy use.
"If you do a lot of conservation practices already, this program gives you an opportunity to adopt more advanced technologies for managing your operation," Burwell said. Examples include precision nutrient application, intensive grazing management and energy saving practices.
NRCS extended the enrollment period to give farmers, ranchers and forest landowners more time to apply for this conservation program but time is running short. To be eligible for this year's enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date of February 7, 2014.
Contact your local NRCS office or go online to learn more about the program and see if it will benefit your operation. A 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 or visit Idaho NRCS online at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.
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