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USDA Accepting Conservation Stewardship Program Applications

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Joe Koehler, NRCS,, 740-670-5329

USDA Accepting Conservation Stewardship Program Applications

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2016 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications, through February 3, 2017, for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. 

People interested in the additional opportunities the updated CSP will offer can find information on the new CSP portal, located at

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land.  

CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Information about CSP is available on the Ohio NRCS website.  In Licking County, Ohio, contact  Joe Koehler, NRCS,, 740-670-5329.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users). 

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Joe Koehler, NRCS,, 740-670-5329.