USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) continues to accept applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
All producers regardless of operation size, crops or geographic location are eligible to sign up for CSP.
Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.
CSP is a voluntary program which offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and are interested in improving their conservation efforts. Participants receive credit for both their current conservation measures and the new measures they agree to add to their operation. Payments are determined by the level of conservation performed by the participant.
Individuals may access the CSP self-screening checklist to determine whether CSP is suitable for their operation either via the web at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.h..., or by visiting their local NRCS Field Office.
The Clay County NRCS Field Office is located at 955 W. Craig Ave., Brazil, or those interested should call 448-1108 Ext. 3.
Log on to www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/CSP/csp_ho... for information on CSP in Indiana.
The 2011 priority resource links provide access to the examples of enhancement activities used in prior years.
Once the 2012 enhancements are released from the national office, these will be posted for view as well.
To apply for CSP, or for additional information, visit the closes USDA Service Center.
Locations may be accessed at www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/directory/f....
Once applications are submitted, any updates to operation or eligibility documents may also need to be completed and provided to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in order to process the application.
The FSA offices are usually located in the same field office buildings.
Those utilizing the program will be notified at a later date when applications and ranking process are initiated for the year.