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USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up to January 27


Temple, Texas, January 20 – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period to January 27, 2012. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments.

“We want to make sure that people who want to be considered for CSP during this first ranking period have the time they need to complete their applications,” said NRCS State Conservationist Salvador Salinas. “CSP is a very popular program and I encourage interested producers to apply at their local NRCS office as soon as they can.”

CSP is offered in all 50 states, tribal lands and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups. Administered by NRCS, CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and conservation activities that address the effects of climate change.

“There are currently a lot of strong conservation efforts in the state and this program lets us recognize those producers and reward them for doing a good job,” said Salinas. “The funding through this program helps producers make improvements in their operation that can truly make a difference on the landscape of Texas.”

Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP throughout the year to be considered for current and future application ranking periods. Those who apply by January 27, 2012, may be eligible for current available funding. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland.

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.

Learn more about CSP and other NRCS programs athttp://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs.

Contact

Mark Habiger, 254-742-9881

Dee Ann Littlefield, 254-742-9800