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Sign up now for conservation program

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By The Staff

Washington County landowners still have time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, but the deadline for getting signed up for the second CSP ranking period is quickly approaching. According to NRCS District Conservationist Herb Davis, now is the time for landowners and producers who have considered applying for CSP to get signed up and submit documentation. USDA has announced the national cutoff date for CSP is June 11, which requires landowners submit applications quickly.

“If you’ve heard about the new CSP and talked with other local producers or read about others involved with it, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get your conservation operation on the list of those recognized for a quality conservation commitment,” explains Davis. “It’s important that you get your application and paperwork submitted so you can be part of the 2010 CSP ranking period and funding cycle.”

According to Davis, the clock is ticking for program sign-up this fiscal year. USDA just announced the final cutoff date, which gives producers a brief window of opportunity to get signed up for the CSP sign up in 2010.

Tom Perrin, Kentucky State Conservationist (STC) confirms NRCS teams across the state are ready to work with producers and start the process. “If you’re already an NRCS cooperator and are in the system, just meet with local field office staff. Let them know you’re ready for CSP.” Ag producers or landowners who are new to NRCS or USDA will need to schedule an appointment and complete the application process and get the ball rolling.

CSP is a voluntary program that encourages producers to maintain conservation activities and adopt additional practices on their operations. The program is popular for producers who go the extra mile with conservation and sustainable operations-whether they’ve accomplished goals on their own, with other conservation partners, or through USDA and NRCS programs.

“CSP is the perfect program because it recognizes Ag producers and landowners who do the right things and it moves them forward as they add resource protection practices on their land,” Davis adds.

While CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, only applications received by the national cutoff date of June 11 will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2010. For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, visit your county USDA Service Center in Springfield today.