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USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program Can Take Your Conservation Efforts to the Next Level

Lexington, KY, July 2, 2014.  USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced last week the opportunity for first participants in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to renew their contracts for an additional five years. Over the next two weeks, Kentucky CSP contract holders who are among this group will receive letters offering them the opportunity to renew their contracts. This only affects about 170 landowners in Kentucky, but it gives NRCS a chance to talk about what a great opportunity the CSP Program is for landowners.

CSP is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner. An annual payment is available for installing new conservation enhancements and maintaining existing ones.  The program pays participants for performance so the higher the performance, the higher the payment. 

Continuous sign-up for USDA programs is available with announced cut-off dates for ranking and funding applications. The funding deadlines for new enrollments this year have passed but landowners can continue to submit applications to be eligible for the next funding opportunity.

Who is eligible?

CSP is available for private farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who are already using conservation measures and are ready to take their efforts to the next level.  A Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist is available online to help you determine if CSP is right for you.

Is this a competitive process?

Applications are evaluated and ranked relative to other applications that address similar resource concerns in the State.  In the ranking process, producers get credit both for conservation measures they have already implemented and for new measures they agree to add.

Ready to take your conservation efforts to the next level? If you answered “yes” then contact your local USDA service center to find out more.

Media Contact:  Christy Morgan, Public Affairs Specialist, 859-224-7363
Program Contact:  Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 859-224-7350

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