The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened up enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program.


Growers will have until June 11 to apply. Then the Natural Resources Conservation Service will rank the proposals and conduct field visits before signing contracts, according to a news release.


The Conservation Stewardship Program is a comprehensive working lands conservation program established by the 2008 Farm Bill to provide technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers. The program targets funding to:


• Address particular resources of concern in a given watershed, region, or state;


• Assist farmers and ranchers to improve soil, water, and air quality;


• Provide increased biodiversity and wildlife and pollinator habitat;


• Sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change; and


• Conserve water and energy.


To sign up, visit the NRCS.