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CSP Renewal Window Is March 13-20

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that farmers and ranchers who initially enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, and 2016 can renew their contracts from March 13 to March 20, 2020. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) points out that renewing a CSP contract is easier than reapplying. CSP participants whose contracts expire this year can opt to extend them for another year, renew them for an additional five years, or let them expire. This year’s renewals will be ranked competitively, using NRCS’s new Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART). Farmers will also need to meet additional criteria to apply for a renewal.