Farmers and ranchers have until June 11 to get their applications filed with local USDA offices if they want to enroll land in the Conservation Stewardship Program.
After filing their application forms, they also need to schedule an appointment and complete a CSP Conservation Management Tool, which is a set of questions that will establish their conservation baseline and detail scheduled improvements.
After all applicants who file by June 11 have completed the CMT, applications will be ranked to determine which ones will be enrolled.
Field visits and contract signing will occur over the summer months. The USDA goal for the program is 12.8 million acres of crop, pasture, range and private non-industrial forest lands, the same amount that was enrolled in 2009.