MISSOURI (press release) — The deadline to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program is February 3, 2017.

According to a news release CSP helps established conservation stewards deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands. It is the largest conservation program in Missouri and helps farmers and ranchers improve water and soil quality, along with enhancing wildlife habitats.

Missouri landowner have enrolled 1.6 million acres into CSP over the past seven years and landowners are able to earn payments for actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities.

Producers will be able to better evaluate their conservation options with updates made by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. New methods and software for evaluating applications will help producers understand up front if they are meeting stewardship thresholds and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives.

For more information visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/mo/home/.