Louisiana NRCS Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Consider Signing Up for Conservation Stewardship Program
Holly L. Martien
Sign-up Period for Current Year Funding Ends June 14, 2013
Alexandria, June 3, 2013 - Agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) should submit applications to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office by June 14, 2013, to be considered for current year funding.
“CSP offers direct payments to a farmer or rancher based on their efforts to protect the soil, water, wildlife, and air quality,” said Sarah Haymaker, Louisiana NRCS Acting State Conservationist. “To be considered for current year funding, interested farmers and ranchers need to visit their local NRCS Field Office to submit an application by June 14, 2013.”
CSP is offered in all 50 states and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups. The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habit enhancements, and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations, and potential payments. It is available from the local NRCS Field Office and on the CSP web page at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/.
For more information on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Conservation Stewardship Program, visit the NRCS web site at: www.nrcs.usda.gov or visit or call your local NRCS Field Office.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
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