Stewardship program application deadline extended

Norwich - The deadline for enrollment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended to Feb. 7.

The program helps established conservation stewards take their natural resource management to the next level to improve their agricultural production with benefits such as cleaner and more abundant water, healthier soils, and better wildlife habitat, the NRSC said in a news release.

The program is in its fifth year, and thus far NRCS has partnered with producers to enroll more than 59 million acres nationwide.

Farmers can use a self-screening checklist available online to help determine whether the program is suitable for their operations. It can be found at: www.ct.nrcs.usda.gov/programs, or call the NRCS field office in Norwich at: (860) 887-3604.

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