May 9, 2008
May 9, 2008 - U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Arlen Lancaster announced that producers in 51 eligible watersheds nationwide will have two additional weeks to apply for the Conservation Security Program (CSP) in fiscal year 2008. The sign-up now ends on May 30, 2008.
Originally, the CSP sign-up was scheduled to run from April 18 to May 16, 2008.
"NRCS recognizes the inopportune timing of this year's sign-up and that farmers and ranchers are busy in their fields. We want to give them as much time as possible," Lancaster said. "We are extending the sign-up as much as possible to allow producers adequate time to gather natural resource information and complete the required self-assessment and applicant interview. This two-week extension represents the fullest accommodation we can make and deliver a program this year."
Natural disasters-such as excessive spring rains and flooding in certain parts of the country that caused delays in planting-also played a role in the decision to extend the sign-up, Lancaster said.
For more information about CSP and eligibility requirements, please visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp.