signup deadline nears
Time is running short to sign up for the 2006 Conservation Security Program. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to visit a Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office to complete the application process as soon as possible. The deadline is March 31.
“Even if farmers aren’t done compiling records, they need to stop in and make sure they are on the right track to prevent a delay in applying,” said Kevin Seitz, district conservationist at Nezperce.
The CSP program is a conservation program to reward farmers and ranchers for good stewardship and conservation practices. Documentation of business for the last two years is needed for application. Local NRCS offices have workbooks available to assist in compiling this information.
Not only does the program reward current practices, it encourages producers to implement new practices called enhancements. Further money is available for implementing these new practices. Eligible enhancements are available in packets from NRCS offices.
“It is important for growers to know what enhancements they want to sign up for before coming in for the final interview,” said Richard Spencer, district conservationist at Grangeville.
The application process can take time so producers are encouraged to sign up now.
“We can only process so many that last week,” Seitz said.
Farmers and ranchers in the Clearwater watershed are eligible for this year’s sign up. The 2005 program brought $4 million to Idaho.