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Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due by June 14, 2013

Barry Albert
406-232-7905 extension 119


Bozeman, Mont, May 28, 2013 - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide nearly $175 million in funding to enroll up to 12.6 million additional acres in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year. 

Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners interested in CSP should submit applications by June 14 to their local NRCS office to ensure they are considered for this year's funding. NRCS offices across Montana are making appointments with producers who have completed their self-screening checklist and are ready to prepare contracts.

“The Conservation Stewardship Program is different than other programs in that it offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship,” said Joyce Swartzendruber, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. “It’s about conservation activities on the entire operation focusing on multiple resource concerns.”

Playing a significant part in conserving and improving our nation’s resources, producers enrolled an additional 12.1 million acres in CSP last year, bringing the total number of acres to more than 50 million nationwide.

Some of the improvements available to producers include intensive rotational grazing, intercropping, cover crops, and wildlife friendly fencing.

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.

For the checklist and additional information, visit the CSP website or visit your local USDA-NRCS office.


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