On Dec. 9, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2012 ranking period cutoff for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Jan. 13, 2012. Given the busy holiday season time frame, on Jan. 10 NRCS extended the ranking period cutoff date until Jan. 27, 2012.
While CSP is a continuous sign-up program and producers can apply to enroll at any time of the year, NRCS applies a cut-off date for applications to be considered during a particular fiscal year. Once the cut-off date is past, producers may continue to apply for the program, but they will not be considered for entry until the spring of the following year, in this case spring of 2013. So if you want to enroll in 2012 you must get an application filed by Jan. 27.