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News Release

USDA Extends Deadline for Conservation Stewardship Applications

Chief Says Feb. 7th Deadline Makes It Possible for More Producers to Apply

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Release No. 2014.1.001
Todd Peplin, NRCS Farm Bill Specialist, 503-414-3292, Todd.Peplin@or.usda.gov
Sara Magenheimer, State Public Affairs Officer, 503-414-3250, Sara.Magenheimer@or.usda.gov

Portland, Ore. – (Jan. 7, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Feb. 7, 2014.

“Extending the enrollment deadline will make it possible for more farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to apply for this important Farm Bill conservation program,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “Through their conservation actions, these good stewards are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run and CSP can help them take their operations to the next level of natural resource management.”

The program emphasizes conservation performance — producers earn higher payments for higher performance. In CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy use.

Conservation Stewardship Program applications are accepted year-round with announced application cutoff periods. The application cutoff period is February 7, 2014. To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers should submit their applications to NRCS by this date.

A CSP self-screening checklistis 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.

Some popular enhancements used by farmers, ranchers and foresters through this program include:

  • Using GPS guided systems to target and manage pesticide application or manage irrigation water application based on site conditions within the field
  • Retrofitting water facilities to prevent bats and bird species from being trapped
  • Grazing management to improve wildlife habitat
  • Installation of variable frequency drive electric motors to conserve energy
  • Rotating feeding areas and monitoring key grazing areas to improve grazing management
  • Managing riparian areas to enhance vegetative diversity and structure for wildlife habitat.

Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS websiteor a local NRCS field office.

 

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Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges.  The NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

 

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