NRCS-CO: USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Contracts
DENVER, CO, March 10, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 20. Local NRCS offices mailed contract renewal notification letters to all participants whose contracts expire in 2020. These letters contain instructions on how to apply for CSP renewal.
Participants with existing CSP contracts expiring on May 14, 2020 can renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. For 2014-1 CSP contract holders, only those who extended their contracts for one year in 2019 will be eligible for renewal.
Through CSP, NRCS helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. Agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, increasing buffer strip widths, and creating pollinator or beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, planting for high carbon sequestration rates, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.