First Conservation Stewardship Program Participants Can Renew for Five More Years
Richmond, VA, July 8, 2014 – Producers with expiring 2010 contracts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have from July 11 through September 12, 2014 to renew and add conservation activities to support their natural resource improvements.
CSP is the Farm Bill program that helps farmers take conservation to the next level. Since 2010, more than 58 million acres have been enrolled in the program nationwide. CSP participants boost their operations’ conservation benefits by installing new conservation practices that make positive changes in soil, water, air quality and wildlife habitat.
Renewing a CSP contract gives farmers who are already established conservation stewards a chance to add a conservation practice, try some new conservation activities or fine tune their conservation plan. Eligible land for CSP includes agricultural land and non-industrial forestland.
According to NRCS State Conservationist Jack Bricker, over 250 CSP contracts affecting more than 140,000 acres in Virginia are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period.
“We can renew those contracts for an additional five years when participants agree to take on additional conservation activities. Maybe it’s time to try cover crops or explore some other ideas you’ve considered,” Bricker said.
Producers that have 2010 CSP contracts will be notified by mail of the opportunity to renew their contract. NRCS will begin accepting renewal applications July 11, 2014. First time participants in 2010 who want to renew their contract have until September 12, 2014 when the renewal sign up period ends.
To learn about technical and financial assistance available through CSP, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted, the Conservation Stewardship webpage or local USDA Service Center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.