First Participants in Conservation Stewardship Program can Renew for Five More Years
LINCOLN, July 14, 2014 – The first participants of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have until Sept. 12, 2014, to renew their contracts and make decisions on additional conservation activities that will benefit priority natural resource issues.
The Conservation Stewardship Program is offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and is the Farm Bill program that helps farmers and ranchers take conservation investments to the next level. The program provides farmers and ranchers who are already established conservation stewards financial and technical assistance to further improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat
About 20,000 CSP contracts nationwide are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period. In Nebraska, there are 1,057 contracts that may be renewed for an additional five years where participants agree to install additional conservation measures.
“CSP farmers are conservation leaders and go the extra mile to conserve Nebraska’s natural resources,” NRCS State Conservationist Craig Derickson 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 nationally – an area the size of Indiana and Wisconsin combined. In Nebraska, 4.8 million acres have been enrolled.
“This program allows landowners to reach the next level of conservation and opens the door to trying new conservation activities,” Derickson said.
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.