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Conservation Stewardship Program worth a look

By ThisIsReno

NRCS NEWS RELEASE

Agricultural producers are reminded that there is still time to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program.  Applications are being accepted until Jan. 7, 2011.

“CSP offers up to $40,000 per year for an individual contract and $80,000 per year for a joint contract,” said Gary Roeder (rey-der), NRCS assistant state conservationist. “Individuals can receive up to $200,000 for the life of the contract, and joint operations can receive up to $400,000.”  Beginning producers get a minimum payment of $1,000, according to Roeder.

Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed. Participation in the program is voluntary.

Producers interested in applying for a fiscal year 2011 contract are encouraged to complete the online self-screening checklist at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html#right.

To begin the application process or for more information, contact your local Nevada NRCS office, or visit the national CSP Web site at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html.

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