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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Chase County is holding a public meeting to help inform producers about the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  
The public informational meetings will be held in Benkelman on Monday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Benkelman USDA Building (old NRCS office), in Imperial on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Mid-Plains Community College-Imperial Campus, 14th and Broadway at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and in Grant on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Midwest Electric Meeting Room at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  
Meetings will also be held in Hayes Center on Aug. 26 at the Ag Building at 7 p.m. (CT) and in Trenton on Aug. 27 at the NRCS office at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (CT).
The 2008 Farm Bill authorized the Conservation Stewardship Program. Congress renamed and revamped the former Conservation Security Program to increase its availability and appeal to agricultural and forestry producers.
The Conservation Stewardship Program is now available statewide through continuous sign-ups with announced cut-off application dates for ranking periods.  The cutoff for the first ranking period is Sept. 30.
According to NRCS District Conservationist Nadine Bishop, this public meeting will inform producers about the program and help them determine if CSP suits their operation.
“Applying for CSP takes some prep work.  These public meetings will help educate our customers about what CSP requires, helping to streamline the application process,” Bishop said.
NRCS administers CSP, a voluntary conservation program designed to encourage agricultural and forestry producers to adopt additional conservation practices and improve, maintain and manage existing ones.
Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie, improved pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland­—a new land use for the program - and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.
Producers interested in applying for CSP may learn more about the program and see a list of other scheduled public meetings online at www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.