Tom Perrin, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Kentucky, has announced a sign-up period for the new Conservation Stewardship Program. The program was authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).
CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations.
Unlike the Conservation Security Program under the 2002 Farm Bill which was available only in designated watersheds, the new Conservation Stewardship Program is available statewide.
Interested land users may submit an application at their local USDA Service Center.
Although applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, a ranking cut-off has been scheduled for Sept. 30.
To apply for the new program, potential participants will be encouraged to use a self-screening checklist first to determine whether the new program is suitable for them or their operation. It will be available on NRCS Web site and at NRCS field offices.