05 - 26 - 2010 Farmers urged to sign up for Conservation Stewardship Program
Landowners still have time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) but the deadline for getting signed up for 2010 funds is approaching quickly. According to NRCS State Conservationist Denise Coleman, now is the time for producers & forest landowners who have considered applying for CSP to sign up at their local NRCS field offices. USDA recently announced June 11, as the national cutoff date, which will require potential applicants to submit applications quickly. CSP is a voluntary program that encourages producers to maintain existing conservation activities & adopt new ones on their farm & non-industrial forestland operations. Annual payments can add up to $40,000 a year for the next 5 years- a maximum total of $200,000. The program is popular for those who go the extra mile with conservation & sustainable practices, whether they’ve accomplished it on their own or through USDA & NRCS programs.