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

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE EXTENDS
SIGN-UP PERIOD FOR CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
The sign-up period ends February 7, 2014

 Alexandria, January 15, 2014 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for 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 February 7, 2014. 

“Extending the sign-up period to February 7th allows time for more farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to apply for CSP,” said State Conservationist Kevin Norton.  “CSP is a popular program in Louisiana. Since it began, over 900,000 acres of land have been enrolled in the program across the state.”

 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 February 7, 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:  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 your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

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