USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up to January 27
January 11, 2012
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Tanya Koch, Public Affairs, 701-530-2096
Bismarck, ND, January 11, 2012 ï¿½Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mary Podoll announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCSï¿½ Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended from January 13 to January 27, 2012.
ï¿½SP has proven to be a very important program for North Dakota agricultural producers,ï¿½said Podoll. ï¿½e want to ensure everyone has ample time to consider participation.ï¿½
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.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contracts obligations and potential payments. It is available from local NRCS offices and athttp://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp.
Producers interested in the CSP program 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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