Producers with expiring Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts have from February 18 until March 31, 2015 to renew and add conservation activities that will support their natural resource improvement efforts and fine-tune their conservation plans. Participants boost their operations’ conservation benefits by installing new conservation activities that make positive changes in soil, water, air quality, and wildlife habitat.

In Connecticut, several CSP contracts are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period and may be renewed for an additional five years when participants agree to take additional conservation actions.

“CSP farmers are conservation leaders and go the extra mile to conserve our nation’s resources,” said Connecticut NRCS State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale. “The 2014 Farm Bill continued that strong commitment and heightened the program’s focus on generating conservation benefits. This program allows landowners to reach the next level of conservation and opens the door to trying new conservation activities.”

The program provides opportunities for farmers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them improve water quality and quantity, soil health and wildlife habitat. Renewal applications will be accepted beginning on February 18, 2015.

Since the launch of the program in 2009, more than 58 million acres were enrolled nationwide– an area the size of Indiana and Wisconsin combined.