Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due by June 14
Jeff Harlow Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
SPOKANE, WA (MAY 30, 2013) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding for new contract enrollment in fiscal year 2013.
Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and non-industrial private forest land owners interested in CSP should submit applications by June 14 to their local NRCS office to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. The deadline was extended from May 31.
This voluntary program allows producers to go the extra mile in conserving natural resources while also maintaining or increasing the productivity of their operations.
“CSP is different than our other financial assistance programs,” said Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Jeff Harlow. “Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are rewarded with financial assistance payments. CSP encompasses conservation activities on their entire operation and focuses on multiple resource concerns.”
Playing a significant part in conserving and improving our nation’s resources, producers across the country enrolled an additional 12.1 million acres in CSP last year, bringing the total number of acres to more than 50 million.
Many CSP enhancements are available for producers to improve the condition of air, soil, water, plant, animal, and wildlife resources.
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.
For the checklist and additional information, visit the CSP website (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/) or visit your local USDA NRCS office.
For more information on this and other conservation opportunities, producers are urged to contact their USDA-NRCS Service Center Office. Landowners new to USDA programs are encouraged to contact their local NRCS and FSA field office as soon as possible to ensure they have the time needed to make informed decisions and complete the application process.
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