WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming farmers and ranchers have been given a gift of “more time.” The USDA has extended the application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program, or CSP, to January 7th, 2011. The deadline was originally set for November 1st, but harvest time made it difficult to make the first deadline.
This, according to Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs. She says she doesn't want eligible farmers and ranchers to miss out, because the program rewards are based upon long-term commitments to keeping water, soil and habitats healthy.
Contracts are awarded based on scores and rankings compiled through the measurement tool and other sources. Bruckner says the system is cost-effective because it's more expensive to pay for clean-up problems when stewardship is not a priority.
Wyomingites applying for the incentives need to complete the Conservation Measurement Tool, as well as the application. Bruckner adds that applicants wanting a little extra help are welcome to call her organization's helpline at (402) 687-1200.