CSP renewal deadline is Sept. 12Farmers and ranchers whose five-year Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment contracts expire this year must submit their renewal applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service by Sept. 12 to initiate the re-enrollment process.
By: Agweek staff report,
LYONS, Neb. — Farmers and ranchers whose five-year Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment contracts expire this year must submit their renewal applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service by Sept. 12 to initiate the re-enrollment process.
“We have been notified that as of Aug. 21, 5,328 CSP renewal applications had been processed, out of the approximate 20,000 farms and ranches that are up for potential renewal,” says Traci Bruckner, senior policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “While renewal applications have dramatically increased in the second half of August, we still have a ways to go. And we strongly encourage farmers and ranchers that are eligible for renewal to get to their local NRCS office before the Sept. 12 deadline to file their re-enrollment application paperwork.
“Renewing an expiring contract is optional, and producers who do not do so can always re-apply and compete for funding in future annual CSP signups,” Bruckner explains. “But there are real benefits to re-enrolling now. The renewal process is non-competitive because producers already received competitively awarded contracts and the re-enrollment process is much simpler than the full application process.”
According to USDA, letters were mailed to all CSP participants with contracts set to expire this year. After this initial renewal period, eligibility determinations and obligations will be be completed prior to the end of the 2014 calendar year.
“We want to be clear about one potentially confusing fact, the group of contacts that are eligible for this renewal period include both the 2009 and 2010 enrollment classes,” Bruckner says. “There were two different enrollment periods in 2010, the first was the 2009 class and the second was the 2010 class. Both groups have contracts that are set to expire — on Sept. 30 for the 2009 enrollment and on Dec. 31 for the 2010 enrollment. And both will need to initiate the renewal process by Sept. 12.”