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USDA extends deadline for Conservation Stewardship applications

Chief Says Feb. 7th Deadline Makes It Possible for More Producers to Apply

 For immediate release

Media contact:  Christy Morgan
Acting Public Affairs Specialist

Lexington, KY January 7, 2014– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Feb. 7, 2014.

“We’re extending the deadline for applications to CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications,” said Kentucky’s Acting State Conservationist Clifford Thornton. “This will help farmers, ranchers, and forestry producers by giving them more time and hopefully allow even more producers to participate in this program.”

CSP is a program designed to help producers who already maintain a high level of conservation on their land to take it one step further.  This voluntary program assists landowners with addressing multiple resource concerns while improving their overall farming operation.

From improving soil health to sending cleaner water downstream, this program is improving the environment in Kentucky and across the nation. Landowners in Kentucky have enrolled over 160,000 acres into CSP.

NRCS local offices accept CSP applications year round but landowners interested in this year’s funding should submit applications by February 7, 2014. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS websiteor a local NRCS field office.


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