The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has set a June 14 deadline for California farmers and land stewards to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program.
The program is designed to provide conservation benefits, including improvement of water/soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation practices addressing climate change.
Authorized in the federal 2008 farm bill, the program offers payments to those practicing high standards of conservation and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include crop, pasture, range and private forest areas.
For details, visit www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov or call (530) 792-5600 or (916) 714-1104.
Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.