NRCS Extends CSP Sign-up Period – Deadline February 7th, 2014 – Apply Now!
January 13, 2014
Madison, WI – The Natural Resources Conservation Service recently extended the sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Producers interested in taking the next step to implement conservation practices on their lands need to submit their applications before the new February 7th deadline to get funding in 2014.
CSP is different from most conservation programs in that it rewards farmers for conservation practices they have already implemented in their operations as well as for adoption of new conservation enhancements. Farmers who have a larger impact on conservation on their land receive a larger payment through the program. In Wisconsin, payments can be made for enhancements addressing air quality, conserving crop rotations, energy, plant and animal concerns, soil quality, soil erosion, and water quality/quantity issues.
Richland Center farmer Calvin Sebranek, a long-time practitioner of on-farm conservation practices and a CSP enrollee himself, encourages producers to sign-up immediately for this enrollment period. “I would definitely recommend and encourage any farmer to sign up for the [Conservation Stewardship] Program. It is a great program that preserves and protects wildlife and ecosystems while helping farmers make a living.”
Eligible landowners and operators are able to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program. To receive funding in 2014, applicants must have all application materials submitted by the February 7th deadline. Applicants can submit CSP materials to NRCS year-round but NRCS evaluates applications exclusively during announced ranking periods.
A self-screening checklist is available to help interested owners and operators determine if enrolling in CSP is a viable for their operation(s). http://1.usa.gov/IP8a9X
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute encourages farmers to apply now!