Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to control invasive plants in forest stands in east-central Illinois as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Interested farmers should submit an application to their local NRCS office by May 29.

NRCS is partnering with the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Headwaters Invasive Plant Partnership to help farmers work on water quality and soil health. CSP allows landowners to build on their existing conservation efforts while adding special enhancements that are offered.

Financial assistance will be available to farmers improving forest health in Champaign, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

To determine eligibility, farmers should contact their local NRCS field office or online. Because of COVID-19, farmers may arrange phone appointments with their local NRCS office for more information.