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Signup for farm conservation program ends Friday

Published On: May 26 2013 10:10:48 AM CDT   Updated On: May 26 2013 10:13:29 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin's farmers and ranchers have less than a week to sign up for the federal Conservation Stewardship Program.

The voluntary program provides financial and technical help to eligible farmers and ranchers who conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land.

Friday is the deadline to sign up.

The stewardship program is run by the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service. Participants receive annual payments for installing and adopting conservation activities and improving, maintaining and managing existing activities.

They can also get supplemental payments for adopting resource-conserving crop rotations.

More than 39,000 farmers and ranchers participated between 2009 and 2012. They enrolled over 50 million acres of farm and ranch land and received conservation payments worth $680 million a year.

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