Applications For CSP Due January 17

Applications For CSP Due January 17

Iowa farmers who apply for CSP by that date will receive first consideration for funding selections.

FAQ: USDA has announced if you want to apply to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program, you have to enroll by January 17 to be eligible for 2014. Can you tell me more?

Answer: Eligible landowners and operators in all states can enroll in CSP through January 17 to be eligible during 2014 federal fiscal year. While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year's enrollment, farmers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.

DON'T DELAY: Eligible landowners and operators in all states can enroll in CSP through Jan. 17 to be eligible during 2014 federal fiscal year. While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for enrollment, you must have your application submitted to NRCS by the closing date.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the 2014 Conservation Stewardship Program signup. Iowa farmers who apply by January 17, 2014 will receive first consideration for funding selections.

Through CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil health, soil erosion and water quality. CSP also supports the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy through various enhancement options. The Iowa strategy includes practices designed to reduce nutrient loads from nonpoint sources such as farm fields.

Some popular CSP nutrient reduction enhancements include: cover crops, precision nutrient application technology, split nitrogen application and plant tissue tests to improve nitrogen management. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. Learn more about CSP by visiting the Iowa NRCS website or your local NRCS field office.

Popular conservation program seeks producer participation in 2014

"Through the CSP, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are going the extra mile to conserve our nation's resources," says NRCS Chief Jason Weller. "Through their conservation actions, they are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

The CSP is an important farm bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards by taking their level of natural resource management to the next level to improve both their ag production and provide valuable conservation benefits such as cleaner and more abundant water, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat.

Weller is reminding people that a new farm bill needs to be passed by Congress; that is pivotal to continue these soil and water conservation efforts. CSP is now in its fifth year and so far, NRCS has partnered with producers to enroll more than 59 million acres across the nation.

The program 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.

Other CSP enhancements used by farmers and ranchers include:

*Using new nozzles that reduce drift of pesticides, lowering input costs and making sure pesticides are used where they are most needed.

*Modifying water facilities to prevent bats and bird species from being trapped.

*Burning patches of land, mimicking prairie fires to enhance wildlife habitat.

*Rotating feeding areas and monitoring key grazing areas to improve grazing management.

Eligible landowners and operators in all states can enroll in CSP through January 17 to be eligible during 2014 federal fiscal year. While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year's enrollment, farmers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.

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