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Are you a farmer? Do you practice conservation? Want to get paid for it?

The deadline just got pushed back, so you have until January 27 to fill out an application form and get in the Conservation Stewardship Program this year!

The Conservation Stewardship Program rewards farmers for the conservation they are already doing and provides the means to do more. As Chippewa County farmer Bob Bernier says, “You’re saving your soil, your costs are cheaper, and you’re going to make more money in the end. You’re a fool not to be in this program.”

Through this program, farmers receive an average of $20 per acre for cropland, $18 per acre for pasture, and $5 per acre for woodland, up to $200,000 over the life of the five-year contract. Farms of all types and sizes are enrolled, and payments are based on level of conservation.

If you are interested, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office and fill out the initial application form by January 27th. You can find your local office here.

To read more about the Conservation Stewardship Program and to see profiles of farmers enrolled, go here.