From the Lancaster Eagle Gazette‘s Vicki Kohli:

Ohio agricultural producers and land owners interested in protecting or improving natural resources on their land are urged to contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office before Dec. 1 to take advantage of financial assistance in 2011.

While most NRCS programs are offered through a continuous sign-up, NRCS typically makes funding selections once a year.

NRCS administers a suite of conservation programs designed to address various natural resource issues on private working land and private, nonindustrial forest land.

Each program focuses on a different aspect of natural resources conservation. In addition to regular conservation programs, special funding pools are available for organic producers, nonindustrial private forest owners, producers in counties with air quality issues, and producers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.