Renewal options for expiring U.S. Conservation Stewardship Program
This is USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the popular program last fall.
These changes help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.
Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on December 31 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.
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. ■