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Conservation stewardship applications due June 14
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced an extension of the deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) until Friday, June 14. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack originally announced that applications for the fiscal year 2013 sign-up of the Conservation Stewardship Program would be due by May 31, but a congressional delay resulted in a May 28 announcement of the extension.
Interested farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners must complete the brief initial application form by June 14 to compete for a spot in the 2013 enrollment class for the program. Later in the enrollment process, producers will work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to complete the Conservation Measurement Tool that collects information about conservation on the farm and helps determine whether someone can be enrolled in the program and if so, what the level of conservation payments will be in their contract.
Producers will find more detailed information about Conservation Stewardship Program in the Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program, available for free download at http://bit.ly/bKgcW4. The guide includes step-by-step enrollment guidance, key definitions, and helpful hints.
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