December 29, 2011

Financial assistance programs available for producers

The North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering several financial assistance programs to farmers and ranchers. Sign-up deadlines for these programs are fast approaching and producers are urged to contact their local NRCS office for more information if they are interested in applying. Programs with upcoming deadlines include the Conservation Stewardship Program, Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative and the Organic Initiative.
The application deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program is set. Applications accepted prior to close of business on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, will be considered for fiscal year 2012 funding. All producers are encouraged to apply for CSP. The voluntary program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland. Financial and technical assistance offered through CSP will help producers improve, manage or maintain the conservation practices currently on their property, as well as help plan for future conservation efforts. Qualified applicants could receive up to $40,000 per year. A $200,000 limit exists over a five-year period.

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