Nebraska landowners and operators have until Jan. 13, 2012, to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office. CSP is a program that offers payments to producers who maintain a high-level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt additional conservation measures to their operations.
CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, only applications received by the Jan. 13 cutoff date will be considered for the current ranking and funding period.
Craig Derickson, NRCS state conservationist in Nebraska, says, "The Conservation Stewardship Program is unique in how NRCS provides conservation program payments. CSP participants will receive an annual land use payment for the environmental benefits they produce on their operation. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance-- the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment."
In the last two years, more than more than 1,600 contracts in 91 counties have been enrolled in CSP.
CSP is available statewide to individual landowners, legal entities, and Indian tribes. Eligible land includes cropland, grassland, prairie, improved pastureland, non-industrial private forestland, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Contracts are set at five years and include all the land controlled by an operator.
For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp or stop by your local NRCS field office.