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USDA Offers Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Participants Renewal Options for Contracts Set to Close

SALINA, KANSAS, March 22, 2021‒U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that it is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 31 for over 11,000 contracts set to end this year.  CSP is USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 90 million acres enrolled. 

“In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, NRCS helped enhance 177,579 acres of land enrolled in CSP in Kansas,” said Monty R. Breneman, Acting State Conservationist.  “CSP continues to prove its worth by helping farmers and ranchers advance their business operations through conservation enhancements that sustain the natural resources on their land, also improving productivity and their bottom lines.”

Participants with existing CSP contracts that close on December 31, 2021, can benefit from recent program changes by renewing their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional conservation practices on their land.  Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by March 31.

About the Program

CSP is for working lands, including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial forestland as well as Tribal lands.  The program helps producers build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operations.  CSP provides many benefits, including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements, and resiliency to weather extremes.  It also encourages the adoption of new technologies and innovative management techniques.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, buffer strips, pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, and soil health activities while maintaining active agricultural production on their land.

Changes in the 2018 Farm Bill authorize NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments through 2023 and make additional improvements to the program, including higher payment rates for specific conservation activities on working lands.

More Information

Producers interested in contract renewals or applying for CSP for the first time should visit the CSP webpage or  contact their local USDA service center.

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing.  All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business are required to call their local Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.  More information can be found at Farmers.gov/coronavirus.

It is important that applicants provide accurate records of ownership to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).  This FY, all landowners are required to file a CCC-902, Farm Operating Plan, along with adjusted gross income and conservation compliance forms.  Application information is available at your local USDA Service Center.  More information is also available at Kansas NRCS.

To learn more about CSP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or contact your local USDA Service Center.

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