The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 31. 

During the first half of the fifth year of the existing contract term, NRCS may allow a participant to apply and compete to renew their contract for an additional 5-year period. 

Local NRCS offices are mailing contract renewal notification letters to all participants whose contracts expire in 2021. These letters contain instructions on how to apply for CSP renewal.

Participants with 2017 CSP contracts (Classic and Renewal) expiring Dec. 31 can apply to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands.

NRCS will assess and rank all renewal applications received on or before the renewal application cutoff date. Renewal applicants will compete within a separate state-established ranking pool, and NRCS will make funding selections based on ranking score and available funds.

Through CSP, NRCS strives to help private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation.

“If you have questions about the CSP renewal instructions, please visit your local NRCS office,” said Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan. “CSP is a great chance to continue building your operation’s conservation portfolio and help us protect more of our state’s natural resources.”

For more information about conservation planning and programs to help treat natural resource issues on land, visit www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov or local USDA Service Center.

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