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First Participants in Conservation Stewardship Program Can Renew for Five More Years

Dover, Del., July 8, 2014 – The first participants of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have an opportunity to renew their contracts for another five years to help them achieve additional conservation goals. Eligible participants who have fulfilled their 2010 contracts can sign up through a non-competitive process between July 11 and September 12 to renew their contracts.

Administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), CSP is a Farm Bill program that offers payments to farmers who currently exercise good land stewardship and want to take conservation investments to the next level to improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat on the land they operate.

According to NRCS State Conservationist Kasey Taylor, Delaware has 26 CSP contracts totaling 13,500 acres that are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period and may be renewed. “This is a perfect time for participants to explore new enhancements that they may have been considering. This could be planting cover crop mixes, establishing wildlife habitator other enhancements to address Delaware’s priority resource concerns,” said Taylor. NRCS will notify Delaware’s producers with 2010 CSP contracts of renewal status by direct mail in early July.  

Since CSP was announced in 2009, more than 58 million acres have been enrolled in the program nationwide. CSP participants boost their operations’ conservation benefits by installing new conservation activities that make positive changes in soil, water, and air and wildlife habitat.

To learn more about eligibility and additional program details on CSP, visit Delaware’s Conservation Stewardship webpage at www.de.nrcs.usda.govor your local USDA service center. In Sussex County, call 302-856-3990, ext. 3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600, ext. 3; and in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100, ext. 3.

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