The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) will begin accepting applications to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11, 2014.  This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2010.

CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to actively manage and maintain existing conservation systems and to implement additional conservation activities on land in production.  Through CSP, participants take steps to improve soil, water, air, and habitat quality, and can also address water quantity and energy conservation issues.

CSP contracts last for five years, at which time they are eligible for renewal.  There are approximately 20,000 farmers and ranchers with CSP contracts that will expire this year, totaling over 20 million acres that can be re-enrolled to preserve and expand upon critical environmental benefits.

These 20,000 contracts eligible for renewal began under two different enrollment periods in 2010.  One group of contracts is set to expire on September 30, 2014 and the other will expire on December 31, 2014.  Both groups now have a two-month window of opportunity between July 11 and September 12 to renew their contracts through this process.

Farmers in the first group will first extend their current contracts through December 31, 2014 so that both 2010 enrollment classes will now expire at the end of the calendar year.  Renewal contracts will go into effect January 1, 2015.

To learn why it pays to renew and the renewal criteria visit the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition site to learn more.

 

*From the NSAc’s Blog page