First Participants in Conservation Stewardship Program Can Renew for Five More Years
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 9, 2014 – The first participants of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have from July 11 until Sept. 12 to renew their contracts and make decisions on additional conservation activities that will benefit priority natural resource issues.
CSP is offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is the Farm Bill program that helps farmers and ranchers take conservation investments to the next level.
About 20,000 CSP contracts are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period and may be renewed for an additional five years where participants agree to take additional conservation measures. In Arkansas, 580 contracts are set to expire this year.
The program provides opportunities for farmers and ranchers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat.
“CSP farmers are conservation leaders and go the extra mile to conserve our nation’s resources,” NRCS Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan said. “The 2014 Farm Bill continued that strong commitment and heightened the program’s focus on generating conservation benefits."
Since CSP began in 2009, more than 58 million acres have been enrolled in the program – an area the size of Indiana and Wisconsin combined. CSP participants boost their operations’ conservation benefits by installing new conservation activities that make positive changes in soil, water, air and wildlife habitat.
“This program allows landowners to reach the next level of conservation and opens the door to trying new conservation activities,” Sullivan said.
To learn about technical and financial assistance available through CSP, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted, the Arkansas NRCS CSP web site or local USDA service center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.