Conservation Security Program arrives in county next year
CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation. The program is available in all 50 States, the Caribbean Area and the Pacific Basin area. The program provides equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographic location. Unlike other programs that assist producers in fixing resource problems, CSP rewards those who already act as model conservationists. It also pays qualified producers to do further environmental enhancements, such as additional conservation treatments, evaluation, on-farm demonstrations and more.
The Upper Beaver watershed, affecting acres in Cimarron and Texas counties, as well as, Union Co., NM and Sherman Co., TX, has been selected for participation. Signup for participation is expected in early 2006. A sign-up announcement will be published when the dates have been set. Producers can be preparing for signup by reviewing their Conservation Plan of Operations to ensure the plan reflects management operations planned and/or presently utilized. Producers who do not have a conservation plan or those wanting to review their plan may call 580-544-2812, to schedule an appointment with NRCS and Cimarron Co. District personnel. To assist producers wishing to make application, it is advised to have the following documentation prepared prior to sign-up: soil analysis reports dated within the last 3 years and irrigation, tillage, haying and/or grazing operations for the last 2 years.
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