Conservation Stewardship Program Deadline Extended to June 14

Conservation Stewardship Program Deadline Extended to June 14, 2013 The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today an extension of the deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to June 14. CSP, a program administered nationwide, is a working lands conservation program offering technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers for producing certain conservation and environmental benefits. Assistance is available for management of existing conservation systems and for the implementation of new conservation initiatives. Farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners interested in CSP must complete the brief initial application form by June 14 to be eligible to compete for the 2013 enrollment class. A CSP self-screening checklist is available at the above CSP website to help producers determine if the program is relevant for their operation. The NRCS will accept approximately 12 million acres into the program this year. More than 39,000 farmers and ranchers enrolled over 50 million acres of farm and ranch land in the first four enrollment years for CSP, between 2009-2012

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