Medina Journal-Register — BATAVIA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014.
While local conservation offices accept applications year round, they evaluate applications during specific announced ranking periods. To be considered for the current stewardship program enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by Jan. 17.
“CSP is different than our other financial assistance programs,” said state Conservationist Don Pettit. “It offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. It helps to ensure that their farms are more productive and sustainable in the future.”
CSP is a Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards takes their natural resource management to the next level. Participants earn higher payments for higher performance.
In the stewardship program, 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.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine whether the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.
For the checklist and additional information, visit www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.
Applications are available at the local NRCS field office, which can be found through http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY.