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Iowa farmers reminded CSP applications due Feb. 7

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 10:19 a.m. CST

DES MOINES — USDA is reminding Iowa farmers the timeframe to receive first consideration for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding is less than two weeks away. The sign-up deadline for CSP closes Feb. 7.

Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to their local NRCS office.

“We feel this year’s sign-up provides extraordinary conservation funding opportunities for Iowa farmers,” said Jay Mar, state conservationist for NRCS in Iowa. “CSP is a great way for farmers to enhance conservation activities on their farms.”

CSP is offered through a continuous sign-up, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections. Last year, Iowa NRCS obligated more than $3.8 million through 381 contracts covering 175,346 acres.

The program emphasizes conservation performance — producers earn higher payments for higher performance. Through CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil health, 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 if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

To access the self-screening checklist or to learn more about CSP, visit the Iowa NRCS website or a field office.

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