USDA offers renewal options for expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for agricultural producers wanting to renew existing Conservation Stewardship Program contracts.

The renewal is 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.

The NRCS made several updates to the popular program last fall to help producers improve the health and productivity of working lands.

Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities such as cover crops, buffer strips, pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, and soil health building activities — all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land.