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New CSP Rules Could Include More IA Farmers

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Monday, August 10, 2009   

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2009 starts today and runs through Sept. 30. Every year, thousands of Iowa farmers take advantage of the program, which assists them in improving soil, water and air quality.

Jeff Kling is a northeastern Iowa farmer. He warns there isn't a lot of money set aside for CSP this year so farmers need to act quickly.

"I would encourage everybody to get into it or at least try. The money is low, it isn't what we'd like it to be, but especially in economic times like these, every little bit helps."

Kling is anxious to take advantage of the program because getting funds under this new version is not restricted by the watershed a farm is located in.

"Sign ups we've had in the past have picked only specific watersheds where farmers can sign up. Now they have made the program nationwide, so that everybody can sign up for it."

To determine if the new program is suitable for them, farmers can view the new rules and a checklist online at www.nrcs.usda.gov.new or at Natural Resources Conservation Service field offices.



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