JUNE 11 DEADLINE FOR CSP RANKING, FUNDING PERIOD
AUBURN, Ala. -- Dr. William Puckett, state conservationist with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced a June 11 deadline for the next ranking and funding period for the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Authorized in the 2008 farm bill, CSP offers financial and technical assistance to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship.
"Voluntary conservation practices by private landowners are essential in improving soil and water quality," said Puckett. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland and non-industrial forestland.
Under the interim final rule published July 29, 2009, eligible producers may submit an application to enroll eligible land in CSP on a continuous basis. Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP now to ensure their applications will be considered during the next funding and ranking period. However, they can make their final decision to participate in the program once the CSP final rule is issued. The final rule will establish the policies and procedures for the program.
Potential applicants are encouraged to use the CSP self-screening checklist to determine if the new program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations, and potential payments.
Producers can contact their local NRCS or Farm Service Agency Office to begin this process. NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.
For additional information about CSP visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp.html.