NRCS extends CSP application deadline through Feb. 7

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

ADDIS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service is extending the application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program for fiscal year 2014 enrollments.

Producers interested in participating in the program must submit applications to the Addis NRCS office by Feb. 7.

The Conservation Stewardship Program is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards take their natural resource management to a higher level to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits such as cleaner and more abundant water, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat.

Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forestland, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an American Indian tribe.

While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year's enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to the Addis NRCS Field Office located at 7747 Hwy 1 South, Addis by Feb. 7.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants determine if CSP is suitable for their operation.

It is available from the Addis Field Office and on the CSP web page at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/.