Conservation Stewardship Program application ends January 7

Monday, January 3, 2011

The end of the application period to be considered in the 2011 funding period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is fast approaching. It ends on January 7, 2011.

Although applications can be accepted at any time, in order to be considered for this ranking period, a completed application needs to be signed and submitted to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by the end of the business day on January 7. In order to complete an application, the applicant needs to make sure that they have signed and submitted a form CCC-926 (Adjusted Gross Income Certification) and have signed an AD-1026 form (Certifying Compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Provisions of the farm bill) for crop year 2011 with the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The applicant then signs a form NRCS-CPA-1200 with NRCS. If the applicant is a legal entity, the person who is signing the form needs to provide documentation giving the person applying the authority to sign for the entity. For this program, the applicant must be the operator of record with FSA for the land being enrolled. The applicant must have control of the land for the five (5) year contract period.

Eligibility for this program is based on the conservation work that was previously installed and conservation management currently being used plus conservation measures to be initiated with this program. At least one new conservation enhancement must be used in each land-use (crop, pasture, woodland) included in the contract in addition to maintaining the conservation practices already being used. Some examples of the more than 100 enhancements that are available are:

--On-Farm demonstration project for "Cornstalk Nitrate Testing" for cropland

--Inter-seeding legumes for pasture

--Forest wildlife structures for forest

--Improve the plant diversity and structure of non-cropped areas for wildlife food and cover (Warm Season Grass and forbs) for pasture and cropland

--Forest stand improvement for forest

Earnings on past contracts have ranged between $2.76 and $19.22 per acre per year. The amount varies with the measures chosen to be used and the level of conservation already in use.

For more information contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service at: 704 N. Miami, Marshall or (660) 886-7447, extension 3 or by emailing:

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