Applications accepted for stewardship program
Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forestland owners interested in the Conservation Stewardship Program should submit applications by June 14 to their local Natural Resource Conservation Service office to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. The deadline was extended from May 31.
“CSP is different from our other financial assistance programs,” said NRCS Acting Chief Jason Weller. “It offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. It’s about conservation activities on the entire operation, focusing on multiple resource concerns.” Many of the CSP enhancements improve soil quality, which helps land become more resilient to extreme weather.
Several other improvements are available for producers, including intensive rotational grazing, intercropping and wildlife friendly fencing.
The local NRCS office is in the St. Mary Praish Courthouse, third floor, room 310.