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