USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the signup period for the 2008 Conservation Security Program (CSP) until May 30. Landowners in 51 eligible watersheds across the country have two additional weeks to apply. Originally, signup was scheduled to end May 16.

CSP, a voluntary program, encourages and rewards producers who practice outstanding stewardship on working ag land by offering financial incentives that increase with the level of conservation effort. Soil and water quality are the primary focus of this program; however, program goals also include improved wildlife habitat, air quality, and environmentally responsible energy production.

NRCS began CSP in 2004. Currently, there are 331 enrolled watersheds covering nearly 248 million acres in CSP nationwide, including the 51 watersheds in this year’s sign-up. For more info about CSP and eligibility requirements, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/news/