NRCS Announces Initiative to Promote Conservation on Organic Farming Operations
December 9, 2011
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Amber Carson, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2099
BISMARCK, ND December 9, 2011 ï¿½North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mary Podoll announced that the application period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been set. Applications accepted prior to close of business on Friday, January 13, 2012, will be considered for fiscal year 2012 funding.
CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address various resource concerns by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving and maintaining existing conservation systems.
ï¿½SP is an excellent program for producers looking for opportunities to conserve and enhance their landï¿½ natural resources,ï¿½said State Conservationist Mary Podoll. ï¿½udging by the success of the last three CSP application periods, we fully expect this application period to invoke a high level of interest among producers throughout the state.ï¿½
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 future conservation efforts.
Producers interested in learning more about CSP are encouraged to visit their local NRCS Service Center or visit www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
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