Nebraska landowners have until Jan. 17 to sign up for the upcoming funding period of a federal conservation program.
The Conservation Stewardship Program provides financial aid to help farmers and ranchers conserve natural resources, including water and soil. Craig Derickson, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, says the program is popular in Nebraska because it doesn't require farmers and ranchers to take their land out of production.
Participants of the USDA-run program receive annual payments for the environmental benefits they produce on their operations.
Applications are accepted at any time, but for the deadline for the current ranking and funding period is Jan. 17.
Derickson says contracts have gone into effect in all 93 counties, and cover about 4.8 million acres in Nebraska.
For more information, go to www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/CSP.