USDA Offers Conservation Stewardship Program Participants Renewal Options for Contracts Set to Close

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For Immediate Release

March 12, 2021

Contact: Kris Vance, State Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 317-295-5822

Email: kris.vance@usda.gov

USDA Offers Conservation Stewardship Program Participants Renewal Options for Contracts Set to Close

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 31 for over 11,000 contracts set to end this year. CSP is USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 90 million acres enrolled. 

 

“In fiscal year 2020, NRCS helped enhance over 74,000 acres of land enrolled in CSP in Indiana,” said Jerry Raynor, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state conservationist. “CSP continues to prove its worth by helping farmers advance their business operations through conservation enhancements on their land that sustain the natural resources that improve productivity and their bottom lines.”

 

Participants with existing CSP contracts that close on December 31, 2021, can benefit from recent program changes by renewing their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional conservation practices on their land. Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by March 31.

 

About the Program

CSP is for working lands, including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial forestland as well as tribal lands. The program helps producers build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operations. CSP provides many benefits, including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and resiliency to weather extremes. It also encourages the adoption of new technologies and innovative management techniques.

 

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 activities while maintaining active agricultural production on their land.

 

Changes in the 2018 Farm Bill authorize NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments through 2023 and make additional improvements to the program, including higher payment rates for specific conservation activities on working lands.

 

More Information

Producers interested in contract renewals or applying for CSP for the first time should visit the CSP webpage or  contact their local USDA service center.