The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended its deadline for 2014 applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program. This program emphasizes conservation performance — the higher the performance, the higher the payment.Payments are based on the good stewardship in place plus steps taken to enhance the operation. For more information about this program, contact the NRCS office at 815-875-8732, ext. 3. Applications are due by Feb. 7.