First cut-off for 2012 CSP funding coming

First cut-off for 2012 CSP funding coming

Washington Ag Today December 29, 2011 The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program is January 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit their applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

Jeff White of the NRCS explains what happens to the applications.

White: “Those applications that are submitted by Friday, January 13, 2012, the applicants will sit down with the local district conservationist and they will work through the Conservation Measurement Tool. The Conservation Measurement Tool provides two things; it gives you the number of points that the applicant scores on their application and based on the results from the CMT, the ranking it also provides will determine where that contract, or that application falls in the contracting process. Then the applicants that are selected will work with their local district conservationist to finalize the contract. You can get the application online or you can certainly visit your local NRCS-USDA service center and you can talk with a local conservationist. They can provide a CCC-1200 and that is the application they will be submitting.”

In 2011 the NRCS in Washington state obligated 5.3 million dollars in 175 contracts on over 325-thousand acres across the state.

I’m Bob Hoff and that’s Washington Ag Today on Northwest Aginfo Net.

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