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Mark Habiger

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Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due by February 7

Temple, TX, Jan. 27, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds producers interested in participating in Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to submit applications to NRCS through Feb. 7, 2014.

“CSP offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship,” said NRCS State Conservationist Salvador Salinas. “It’s about conservation activities on the entire operation focusing on multiple resource concerns.”

CSP is now in its fifth year and so far, NRCS has partnered with producers nationwide to enroll more than 59 million acres across the nation.

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.

Eligible landowners and operators in every county in Texas can enroll in CSP through Feb. 7 to be eligible during fiscal 2014. While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.

A CSP self-screening checklist is 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.

Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or any local USDA service center.