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January 05, 2011   Email to Friend 

CSP SIGN-UP DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JAN. 21
Julie Yates
(334) 887-4581
January 05, 2011

AUBURN, Ala. -- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett today announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS' Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended through Jan. 21.

"We're extending the sign-up period for CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications and participate in this program," said Puckett."

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 here.

Interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to determine eligibility. Individuals are not eligible for CSP until they have completed the Farm Bill eligibility requirements. Contact your 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.


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