NRCS Announces Extended Renewal Opportunity for Expiring CSP Contracts

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that producers with existing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts will be given the opportunity to renew their contracts in 2019. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition explained the administrative change in a blog post: “NRCS announced that 2014 CSP contract holders could extend the life of their original contract up to the full five-year statutory limit. None of the expiring contracts were signed prior to June 2014, so this provides at least until June of 2019 for NRCS to finalize the renewals for those who have already applied. Contract holders must sign contract modifications by the end of the year [December 31, 2018] to be eligible.” The administrative change means that CSP participants won’t lose their opportunity to renew and have to re-apply from scratch, even though the program is not currently authorized under a farm bill, as long as they sign contracts by December 31, 2018.