Deadline approaches for conservation stewardship program

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications at local field offices for the 2014 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) signup. Iowa farmers who apply by Jan. 17, 2014, will receive first consideration for funding selections.

CSP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections. Last year, Iowa NRCS obligated more than $3.8 million through 381 contracts covering 175,346 acres.

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