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Renewal options now available for producers enrolled in USDA’s largest working lands conservation program

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News Release #: 2017-04-025

Contact:

Todd Peplin,
Farm Bill Specialist, NRCS
Phone: 503-414-3293, Todd.Peplin@or.usda.gov

Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Officer, NRCS
Phone: 503-414-3220. Email:
Tracy.Robillard@or.usda.gov

PORTLAND, Ore. – (April 3, 2017) — Oregon farmers and ranchers who have existing 2013 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts can now apply to renew their contracts for an additional five-year term.Peter Kenagy Graphic

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is currently accepting CSP contract renewal applications through May 5.

Last year, NRCS made several updates to the program that help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

“The recent changes to CSP have helped us make the program more accessible, while strategically targeting conservation efforts that will benefit Oregon producers,” said Oregon State Conservationist Ron Alvarado. “We can now better evaluate operations and thereby more effectively meet the conservation needs of the growing number of producers enrolled.”

Participants with existing 2013 CSP contracts that will expire Dec. 31 have the 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. Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by May 5.

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 building activities – all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land. Benefits to producers can include:

  • Improved cattle gains per acre;
  • Increased crop yields;
  • Decreased inputs;
  • Wildlife population improvements; and
  • Better resilience to weather extremes.

For more information and to apply, contact a local USDA Service Center or visit the NRCS Oregon website at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov

For the latest CSP information and updates, visit the national CSP website.