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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Sign-Up Period for Conservation Stewardship Program

Alexandria, December 3, 2013 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  Producers interested in participating in the program must visit their local NRCS office and apply by January 17, 2014. 

“CSP helps farmers and ranchers already implementing conservation practices on their farm or ranch take their conservation efforts to the next level,” said State Conservationist Kevin Norton.  “When farmers and ranchers increase conservation efforts, everyone wins.  We see cleaner and more abundant water, healthier soil, and better wildlife habitat—as well as improved agricultural production levels.”

 Lands eligible for the Conservation Stewardship Program include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an American Indian tribe.

 While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods.  To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by January 17, 2014.

 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 local NRCS offices and on the CSP web page at:
 For more information on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Conservation Stewardship Program, visit the NRCS web site at: or visit your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 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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