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NRCS Extends Sign-up Period for Conservation Stewardship Program


United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100
Dover, Delaware 19904
For More Information:

Jayme Arthurs, 302-678-4191
Dastina Johnson, 302/678-4179

NRCS Extends Sign-up Period for Conservation Stewardship Program
Applications Will Be Accepted Through January 7, 2011

DOVER, Del., Oct. 12, 2010 – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Delaware State Conservationist Russell Morgan recently announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended to January 7, 2011. 

“We’re extending the application deadline to give even more farmers and forestry producers an opportunity to participate in this program,” said Morgan.

CSP is offered in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups with announced cut-off dates for ranking periods. The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change.

All producers are encouraged to apply for CSP.  The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. 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, contract obligations and potential payments. It is available from local NRCS offices or online at

 To apply for CSP, please visit your local USDA Service Center.  In Sussex County, call 302-856-3990, ext 3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600, ext. 3; and in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100, ext. 3. 

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