Farmers with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts are being notified that they can sign up for an additional year of payments. Eligible contract holders should get a letter from the Natural Resources Conservation Service by April 8.
First-time CSP contract holders used to be automatically eligible to sign up for an additional five years, but the expiration of the 2014 farm bill last fall left the expiring contracts in limbo, and then the new farm bill signed into law in December eliminated the automatic renewal option.
Under the new law, CSP contract holders who want to extend their contracts will have to compete with other applicants.
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