Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Stearns County producers can sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Waite Park until June 11.
CSP is a voluntary program that encourages producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional practices to their operations. The program is popular for producers who go the extra mile with conservation and sustainable operations Ð whether they've accomplished goals on their own, with other conservation partners, or through USDA and NRCS programs.
NRCS District Conservationist David Rose recommends that producers who have considered applying for CSP should get signed up and submit the required documentation as soon as possible.
"If you've heard about the new CSP and talked with other local producers, or read about others involved with it, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get your conservation operation on the list of those recognized for a quality conservation commitment," explains Rose. "It's important that you get your application and paperwork submitted so you can be part of the 2010 CSP ranking period and funding cycle. CSP is the perfect program because it recognizes producers who do the right things and it moves them forward as they add new resource protection practices on their land," Rose adds.
Minnesota State Conservationist Don Baloun confirms NRCS teams across the state are ready to work with producers and start the process. NRCS recommends you schedule an appointment to complete the application process.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
While CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, only applications received by the national cutoff date of June 11 will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2010. For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, contact the NRCS Field Office located in Waite Park, or call (320) 251-7800, Ext. 3.