Sign-up period for CSP extended

Sign-up period for CSP extended

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 8:01 pm

NASHVILLE — Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in the Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended to Jan. 7, 2011.  
State Conservationist Kevin Brown is encouraging producers to sign-up for CSP funding.  
“The deadline for applications to CSP has been extended to give agricultural producers more time to complete their applications. CSP rewards producers who have high levels of conservation and encourages these operators to move forward with additional management of natural resources,” Brown said. “Tennessee’s farmers and forestry producers are some of the best in the nation and we hope the extended deadline will allow even more producers to participate in this program.”
CSP is a continuous sign-up program 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 non-industrial 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 at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html.
NRCS is celebrating 75 years helping people help the land in 2010. Since 1935, the NRCS conservation delivery system has advanced a unique partnership with state and local governments and private landowners delivering conservation based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests.

Published in The Messenger 10.12.10

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