CSP Contracts from 2014 Eligible for Extension

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contract holders who first signed up in 2014 are eligible for a one-year contract extension with additional payments. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) explains that ordinarily the 2014 contracts would have been eligible for a five-year renewal last year. However, when the 2014 Farm Bill expired, producers with 2014 contracts were left without a renewal option for their expiring contracts. NRCS extended contracts to keep producers enrolled in the program, but these extensions did not involve additional payments. Now, producers who extended their contracts through that opportunity can extend their contracts with payment for one additional year. NSAC also notes that the 2018 Farm Bill changed the CSP renewal process, so that henceforth, producers with expiring contracts will have to apply to renew in competition with new and other renewing applications.