Everything you need to know to determine if the Conservation Stewardship Program is right for your operation will be forthcoming during a series of public meetings designed to answer questions about the new Natural Resources Conservation program.
"The new CSP is more than a name change," said Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist for NRCS. Some of the new CSP benefits include national in scope, not by watershed; no tiers; acres allocated by state; and priority resource concerns determined by the state.
"This is the stewardship program that is about maintaining your current conservation system and adopting additional conservation activities," continued Banks. "CSP is going to encourage new conservation on the land. It is a private working-lands program. It is not a land retirement program."
Check the Web site www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov for an entire listing of meeting locations. If an attendee requires special needs such as a signer or interpreter when attending a meeting, please call the contact number.
The signup for the CSP began August 10, 2009, and continues through September 30, 2009. Applications received by the September 30 cutoff date that meet the eligibility requirements will be ranked for 2010 funding consideration. Since signup for CSP is continuous, eligible applications received after the cutoff date could be considered in the next funding period.
The CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations.