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January 19, 2014

Farm briefs: Jan. 19, 2014

Deadline extended for conservation program

MALONE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the application cutoff date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments in federal fiscal year 2014. While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during specific announced batching periods. To be considered for the current CSP enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted by Feb. 7.

The CSP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards to bring their natural resource management to the next level. The program emphasizes conservation performance, and participants 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.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

For the checklist and additional information, visit the CSP website or visit the local USDA NRCS field office.

General information regarding NRCS New York Conservation Programs can be found at: http://www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.

Anyone interested may apply by visiting the local NRCS field office, which can be located using the web site http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY.

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