NRCS Texas announces sign-up for new Conservation Stewardship Program
TEMPLE - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state conservationist for Texas, Don Gohmert recently announced a sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to assist agricultural producers.
CSP is a new program authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill that encourages agricultural producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional practices on their operations. It is designed to financially reward the best of the best in agricultural conservation.
“Farmers and ranchers actively engaged in conservation land stewardship have the opportunity to earn conservation rewards through CSP,” Gohmert said.
“This program gives conservation-minded producers the ability to apply and build on their current stewardship efforts.”
CSP is a five year program which offers continuous sign-up, but all eligible applicants who sign up on or before September 30, 2009, will be ranked as a group in October and November. A second ranking of subsequent applications will likely take place again in January or February.
Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, improved pastureland and rangeland.
Gohmert noted only top land stewards will be awarded contracts for CSP and receive funding.
To apply for CSP, applicants are encouraged to use a self-screening checklist first to determine whether the new program is suitable for them or their operation. It is available on the NRCS Texas Web site at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov and at local NRCS field offices.
To learn more about CSP or how your land could qualify for CSP, please visit your local NRCS office at the USDA Service Center in your area.
In Ellis County, contact the NRCS office in Waxahachie at 1822 FM 66 Suite 101 or call (972) 937-2660 x3.