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CSP Applications Extended to June 14

Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due by June 14

AUBURN, Ala., May 30, 2013

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced the cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to June 14, 2013.

Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forestland 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. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land.

The voluntary program allows producers to go the extra mile in conserving natural resources while also maintaining or increasing the productivity of their operations. “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 Dr. William Puckett. “It’s about conservation activities on the entire operation, focusing on multiple resource concerns.”

Last year producers played a significant part in conserving and improving our nation’s resources by enrolling over 12.1 million acres in CSP, bringing the total number of acres to more than 50 million acres nationwide.

Many of the CSP enhancements improve soil quality, which helps land become more resilient to extreme weather. Because of the extreme weather in 2012, more interest and participation in the cover crop enhancements is expected this year, according to NRCS experts.

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 at:  or visit your local USDA NRCS office.