Last week, the Natural Resources Conservation Service announced nationally the cut-off date for accepting the next batch of applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program will be extended to Jan. 7, 2011.
This extension gives producers more time to complete applications and take part in the program. Illinois State Conservationist Bill Gradle is pleased to allow more time for Illinois farmers to learn more about the program and complete the application process.
"With harvest activities and so much work left to do on the farm, this new deadline allows an opportunity for producers to learn about the benefits of this great conservation program," Gradle says.
NRCS encourages farmers in Illinois to apply for the CSP, which promotes conservation activities on the land. CSP is a voluntary Farm Bill program designed to maintain existing conservation measures and establish more conservation choices on Illinois operations as well.
"Even though farmers are busy right now, I'd encourage interested operators to apply or at least call their local office and set up an appointment to talk with their NRCS District Conservationist for all the details," Gradle adds.
A self-screening checklist for CSP is available at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html to learn more about the program and determine if they qualify.