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USDA offers renewal options for expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts

Contact:
José A. Castro, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
787-281-4962 / 787-501-6144


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NRCS is now accepting applications from agricultural producers who want to renew their existing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.

NRCS made several updates to the popular program last fall to help producers improve the health and productivity of their working lands. Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on December 31st can access the benefits of these updates 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. Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by May 5, 2017.

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.

CSP Renewal graphic - Your stewardship goals. Our assistance.Producers interested in contract renewals or applying for CSP for the first time should visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/csp or contact their local NRCS office to learn more.

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Release No. 2017-12