CSP deadline set

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the deadline for accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Producers interested in participating in the program must submit applications to the St Mary Parish NRCS office by Feb. 7.
“It’s not too late for the farmers and ranchers of St. Mary Parish to submit an application for this popular program,” said Patra Ghergich, NRCS district conservationist in St Mary Parish. “Make sure to visit SWCD, Soil and Water Conservation District by Feb. 7 if you are interested in applying for this program.”
The Conservation Stewardship Program is an important farm bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards take their natural resource management to a higher level to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits such as cleaner and more abundant water, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an American Indian tribe.
While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations, and potential payments. It is available from SWCD Soil and Water Conservation Dept. and on the CSP web page at:
For more information on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Conservation Stewardship Program, visit the NRCS web site at: www.nrcs.usda.gov or call the SWCD at 337-828-0493 Ext. 3.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment

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