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Application deadline for Conservation Stewardship extended to February 7

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a deadline extension for accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications. February 7, 2014 is the new deadline, which was previously set at January 17. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014.

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The CSP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards with taking 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, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat.

While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.

Applicants are encouraged to research activities available for selection for the program. Selecting a number of activities or a bundle of activities will increase their ranking score for selection and increase the annual payments for the program.

For the research activities or to learn more about CSP, visit the NRCS CSP website at www.nrcs. or visit a local USDA NRCS office.