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USDA Announces Renewal Options for Expiring CSP Contracts

Contact:
Kasey M. Robinson, CSP Manager
785.823.4500


408,805 Acres Under the Conservation Stewardship Program Set to Expire in Kansas

SALINA, Kansas–April 6, 2017– USDA announced a contract renewal sign-up period is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. Kansas has 243 contracts that are expiring this year that encompass 408,805 acres in Kansas.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the program, instituting changes that enable producers to tailor their conservation options to benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of their land.

The cut-off date for renewing contracts that expire December 31, 2017 is May 5, 2017. By renewing, producers will benefit from the new options available in the updated CSP.

Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec. 31, 2017, can access the benefits of the recent program changes through an option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands.

The program pays agricultural producers and forest landowners for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat–all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land.

In talking about the CSP improvements, Monty Brenemen, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs at Kansas NRCS, said, “CSP has been redesigned to look more like other conservation programs that are familiar to farmers and ranchers. The CSP changes now offer greater rewards for producers who put more conservation practice on the ground. And to help producers get more informed about the program, all new program information has been developed to view or download on the Web so that they can see all the options available for them.”

For more information, go to the Kansas NRCS Web site Programs/ Financial Assistance/Conservation Stewardship Program or visit your local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center. To find a service center near you, check on the Internet at offices.usda.gov. Follow us on Twitter @NRCS_Kansas.

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