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NRCS Extends Sign-up Period for Conservation Stewardship Program


Applications Will Be Accepted Through January 21, 2011

January 4, 2011

For More Information:
Arlene Deutscher, Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2099
Jennifer Heglund, Assistant State Conservationist, 701-530-2095

BISMARCK �Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Paul Sweeney today announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS� Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended from January 7 to January 21, 2011.

�e�e extending the deadline for applications to CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications,�said Sweeney. �his will help farmers and ranchers by giving them more time and hopefully allow even more producers to participate in this program.�

CSP provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation activities. All producers are encouraged to apply for CSP. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland.

Financial and technical assistance offered through CSP will help producers improve, manage, or maintain the conservation practices currently on their property, as well as help plan for the future.

Please contact your local NRCS office for more information or visit theNorth Dakota NRCS Programs Web site.

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