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NRCS encourages farmers and ranchers to apply for CSP

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014 enrollments. Producers interested in participating in the program must submit applications to the Ville Platte NRCS Field Office by January 17.
“CSP offers direct payments to a farmer or rancher based on their efforts to protect the soil, water, wildlife and air quality,” said Randy Soileau, NRCS district conservationist in Evangeline Parish.
The CSP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards take their natural resource management to a higher level to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits, such as cleaner and more abundant water, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an American Indian tribe.
While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to the Ville Platte Field Office by January 17.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations and potential payments. It is available from the Ville Platte Field Office and on the CSP webpage at
For more information on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Conservation Stewardship Program, visit the NRCS website at or visit the Ville Platte Field Office at 205 Court Street, Suite B, Ville Platte, or call (337) 363-6602, ext. 3.
USDA’s NRCS helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

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