NRCS Opens CSP Enrollment for FY2014

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for fiscal year 2014. Those producers interested in participating can submit applications through January 17th. Through CSP - NRCS Chief Jason Weller says farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are going the extra mile to conserve our nation's resources. He says they are ensuring - through their conservation actions - that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run. CSP - now in its fifth year - helps established conservation stewards take their level of natural resource management to the next level to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits - such as cleaner and more abundant water, healthier soils and better wildlife habitat. NRCS has partnered with producers to enroll more than 59-million acres across the nation. Weller says Monday's announcement is a reminder that a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is pivotal to continue these efforts.

CSP emphasizes conservation performance. Producers earn higher payments for higher performance. In CSP - producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy. To be eligible for this year's enrollment - producers must submit their application to NRCS by January 17th. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. Visit the NRCS website at www dot nrcs dot usda dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov) or a local NRCS field office to learn more about the Conservation Stewardship Program.

In addition to the newly released Information Alert, producers will find more detailed information about CSP in NSAC's Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program also available for free download at http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/.

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