Conservative Stewardship Program contract renewals due Tuesday |

Conservative Stewardship Program contract renewals due Tuesday

Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who signed Conservation Stewardship Program contracts in 2011 with the Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service have until Tuesday, March 31 to renew those expiring contracts, NRCS said today.

The renewals can be for an additional five years, NRCS said in a news release.

These farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have the option to renew their existing contracts non-competitively if they are willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservations on their operations, said NRCS Chief Jason Weller.

Changes in the 2014 farm bill will allow CSP participants with expiring contracts to renew them by exceeding stewardship thresholds for two or more existing natural resource concerns specified by NRCS or by meeting stewardship thresholds for at least two new natural resource concerns such as improving water quality or soil health, the agency said.

About 9,300 contracts covering more than 12.2 million acres are nearing the end of their five-year term and can be renewed for an additional five years. The agricultural producer or forest landowner must complete all conservation activities contained in the initial contract before a renewal can be granted.

–The Hagstrom Report