FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist, (217) 353.6606
Conservation Stewardship Deadline Extended to January 27th
Champaign, IL—Ivan Dozier, Acting State Conservationist for the
Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced USDA/NRCS
has extended the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
ranking period to January 27, 2012. Previous deadline was January 13th.
Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to
adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments.
“This extension will help ensure that producers who want to be considered for
CSP during this first ranking period have the time they need to complete their
applications,” Dozier said. “CSP is a very popular program and I encourage
interested producers to apply at their local NRCS office as soon as they can.”
Dozier acknowledges that agency program sign-up periods are always open—farmers
can apply any time—but he hopes to see Illinois producers start the new year off
with their application in the front lines for 2012.
“Funding for this program and frankly, current funding for most conservation
programs in Illinois looks pretty good. As always, we accept applications
continuously. But some folks wait until all the ranking dates are announced and
then they rush to get their paperwork in when its spring and they’ve got a
million other things to do,” explained Dozier. The simple message: Sign up
sooner, not later, for conservation programs this year.
The Conservation Stewardship Program is offered in all 50 states. CSP is a
statewide program—available in every county and every watershed. Administered by
NRCS, CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil
quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and conservation activities that address
important farm and non-farm resource concerns. Signing up for the program does
not obligate participants in any way; it simply gets the process started and
positions applicants for quicker action.
Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP throughout the year to be considered
for current and future application ranking periods. Those who apply by January
27, 2012, may be eligible for current available funding. Eligible lands include
cropland, pastureland and nonindustrial forestland.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP
is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information
about CSP eligibility requirements, contracts, obligations and potential
payments. It is available from local NRCS offices and at
To learn more about CSP and other NRCS programs, visit
www.il.nrcs.usda.gov or call your
local USDA Service Center.
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