NRCS Conservation Programs

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. CSP represents a significant shift in how USDA provides conservation program payments. CSP participants receive an annual land use payment for the operation-level environmental benefits they produce. Participants are paid for conservation performance - the higher the operational performance, the higher the payment. CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.

To learn more see CSP

Financial Information: Total Obligations | Technical Assistance | Financial Assistance
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Financial Information

The Financial Information section presents data from the USDA Office of the Chief Financial Officer's Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) system and its predecessor, the Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS). The Financial Information presented here is Total Obligations which the Government Accountability Office defines as binding agreements (orders placed, contracts awarded, services rendered, etc.) that will result in outlays, immediately or in the future. Before obligations can be incurred, budgetary resources must be made available by Congress. The obligations displayed for each year are the total obligations reported as of the end of each fiscal year. Subsequent adjustments after the close of the fiscal year are not included.

There are two categories of Total Obligations presented below:

  • Technical Assistance (TA) Obligations refer to the scientific expertise, natural resource data, tools, and technology that USDA NRCS personnel provide to help producers, landowners, and communities develop conservation plans and implement conservation practices to solve natural resource problems at the field, operation, or larger landscape scales. NRCS is the lead agency for providing technical assistance for USDA.
  • Financial Assistance (FA) Obligations refer to the commitment of funds to contracts for payments that will be made to program participants for conservation activities, which can provide both on-site and off-site conservation benefits.
This program does not include Reimbursable funds.

Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year and Type
CSP Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Alabama $203.1
$5,431.1
$6,062.1
$6,551.2
$7,318.9
Alaska $41.0
$1,411.1
$1,593.3
$1,607.9
$1,632.0
Arizona $66.8
$4,199.0
$6,297.3
$7,279.4
$7,222.0
Arkansas $251.3
$12,727.4
$23,351.2
$43,193.7
$62,632.7
California $244.8
$7,092.0
$7,970.5
$8,159.7
$8,620.4
Caribbean $52.5
$66.7
$64.7
$80.2
$92.7
Colorado $157.0
$12,997.6
$21,565.9
$24,423.2
$26,467.4
Connecticut $41.0
$107.0
$161.3
$225.3
$286.2
Delaware $38.2
$466.6
$616.4
$896.8
$1,142.3
Florida $157.7
$1,802.0
$2,190.6
$2,709.6
$3,096.3
Georgia $190.1
$11,613.7
$21,244.3
$28,157.5
$33,976.6
Hawaii/Pacific $28.0
$327.2
$219.5
$215.5
$327.2
Idaho $111.6
$4,809.4
$5,750.4
$6,705.6
$7,014.7
Illinois $316.1
$10,664.3
$13,523.8
$18,183.6
$22,490.0
Indiana $273.2
$6,346.6
$6,505.4
$7,571.6
$8,288.7
Iowa $392.3
$23,039.5
$33,661.7
$40,663.7
$44,007.6
Kansas $331.4
$20,086.2
$32,536.5
$44,116.4
$48,962.9
Kentucky $322.7
$2,043.8
$2,239.7
$2,994.8
$3,707.2
Louisiana $130.9
$6,448.1
$14,408.1
$19,946.9
$23,352.7
Maine $40.9
$721.0
$776.6
$775.1
$828.0
Maryland $85.9
$1,095.2
$1,250.5
$1,193.8
$1,221.5
Massachusetts $49.6
$189.3
$142.7
$167.1
$186.1
Michigan $156.2
$5,880.2
$7,151.4
$8,239.0
$9,355.1
Minnesota $346.1
$25,544.0
$41,250.7
$59,374.0
$70,894.3
Mississippi $179.2
$9,941.5
$15,260.5
$18,842.1
$22,526.9
Missouri $482.5
$20,921.8
$26,224.7
$28,269.8
$31,442.8
Montana $141.9
$16,624.6
$26,852.6
$31,755.8
$36,387.4
Nebraska $231.5
$24,388.5
$36,654.9
$45,681.4
$53,128.0
Nevada $41.0
$379.0
$591.5
$973.5
$1,082.7
New Hampshire $41.0
$157.5
$101.3
$247.0
$274.8
New Jersey $39.1
$163.5
$170.3
$264.5
$319.9
New Mexico $140.8
$6,314.9
$12,806.9
$17,304.1
$22,309.8
New York $128.7
$4,166.1
$4,206.0
$5,105.3
$5,851.8
North Carolina $233.0
$1,846.9
$2,205.8
$3,024.1
$3,405.6
North Dakota $147.5
$21,026.5
$34,106.8
$51,030.1
$61,109.2
Ohio $248.3
$4,344.6
$4,443.7
$4,485.3
$5,886.3
Oklahoma $355.9
$18,621.7
$29,744.3
$38,615.4
$47,798.6
Oregon $151.6
$8,632.8
$12,733.0
$14,703.2
$15,779.8
Pennsylvania $254.4
$5,603.0
$5,467.8
$6,321.3
$7,133.6
Rhode Island $33.7
$72.5
$114.2
$139.0
$169.1
South Carolina $123.6
$4,348.5
$4,954.7
$5,308.7
$5,653.9
South Dakota $184.0
$16,331.0
$29,310.1
$38,442.3
$50,302.6
Tennessee $401.0
$3,794.3
$3,382.6
$3,974.8
$4,816.7
Texas $766.6
$19,257.1
$21,347.0
$29,529.2
$35,522.4
Utah $46.4
$2,066.8
$2,548.0
$3,034.4
$4,210.1
Vermont $40.7
$126.6
$88.2
$99.0
$124.2
Virginia $91.1
$4,243.4
$4,849.2
$6,156.9
$6,937.5
Washington $97.6
$6,713.0
$12,274.6
$14,509.3
$17,026.2
West Virginia $147.9
$1,482.9
$2,194.8
$2,189.0
$2,308.0
Wisconsin $272.7
$8,672.7
$12,494.2
$15,375.9
$16,869.8
Wyoming $101.9
$4,987.6
$7,545.1
$8,458.1
$8,989.2
Other $226.3
$9,474.7
$14,596.0
$14,348.8
$22,057.4
Total $9,378.2
$389,813.0
$577,803.7
$741,619.9
$882,547.8
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012-2013 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), November 2014;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

CSP Technical Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Alabama $203.1
$1,343.7
$928.9
$735.5
$1,090.7
Alaska $41.0
$81.6
$209.3
$203.3
$194.7
Arizona $66.8
$195.7
$454.0
$408.9
$370.7
Arkansas $251.3
$1,541.5
$1,443.2
$2,048.7
$4,122.6
California $244.8
$1,116.8
$943.0
$899.1
$942.7
Caribbean $52.5
$47.6
$46.1
$63.6
$76.5
Colorado $157.0
$1,251.5
$2,068.7
$1,700.3
$2,385.8
Connecticut $41.0
$54.1
$60.3
$38.8
$98.6
Delaware $38.2
$116.7
$89.1
$86.7
$96.1
Florida $157.7
$585.9
$332.5
$478.5
$555.2
Georgia $190.1
$1,368.1
$1,003.3
$1,328.8
$3,816.2
Hawaii/Pacific $28.0
$221.3
$95.7
$89.3
$201.0
Idaho $111.6
$666.3
$508.1
$502.9
$491.3
Illinois $316.1
$1,967.5
$1,221.4
$1,268.2
$1,976.4
Indiana $273.2
$1,133.8
$612.9
$660.1
$665.7
Iowa $392.3
$2,783.9
$2,921.5
$3,322.6
$3,188.7
Kansas $331.4
$2,085.6
$2,238.3
$2,691.8
$2,333.4
Kentucky $322.7
$1,115.2
$465.5
$552.4
$577.6
Louisiana $130.9
$893.3
$903.7
$1,170.1
$1,680.6
Maine $40.9
$192.6
$174.1
$156.1
$138.3
Maryland $85.9
$353.3
$232.5
$143.0
$126.2
Massachusetts $49.6
$131.2
$71.0
$96.2
$116.7
Michigan $156.2
$1,201.9
$820.0
$925.6
$1,587.3
Minnesota $346.1
$4,166.6
$3,548.1
$3,033.6
$5,232.0
Mississippi $179.2
$961.5
$719.1
$814.2
$949.0
Missouri $482.5
$4,364.4
$3,348.8
$2,567.5
$3,553.2
Montana $141.9
$1,558.1
$2,745.2
$2,499.0
$3,120.8
Nebraska $231.5
$4,236.0
$3,776.7
$3,553.4
$3,366.0
Nevada $41.0
$78.9
$83.9
$109.7
$131.0
New Hampshire $41.0
$110.9
$54.2
$132.9
$117.8
New Jersey $39.1
$92.3
$56.9
$67.6
$87.6
New Mexico $140.8
$902.2
$2,147.9
$2,399.4
$2,834.0
New York $128.7
$878.4
$436.3
$401.7
$540.6
North Carolina $233.0
$792.8
$322.1
$361.3
$504.6
North Dakota $147.5
$1,539.8
$2,088.5
$2,893.9
$2,522.3
Ohio $248.3
$1,330.9
$692.9
$512.2
$794.1
Oklahoma $355.9
$2,445.8
$2,727.1
$2,782.0
$3,057.8
Oregon $151.6
$1,081.1
$1,583.5
$1,239.8
$1,044.0
Pennsylvania $254.4
$1,628.7
$604.4
$685.7
$850.4
Rhode Island $33.7
$26.2
$65.6
$77.7
$108.5
South Carolina $123.6
$925.3
$693.4
$550.1
$605.2
South Dakota $184.0
$1,457.3
$2,913.4
$2,626.2
$3,529.1
Tennessee $401.0
$1,666.5
$606.9
$515.4
$687.1
Texas $766.6
$4,071.3
$2,489.0
$3,398.5
$4,927.2
Utah $46.4
$328.2
$418.9
$421.2
$477.3
Vermont $40.7
$91.2
$54.0
$64.1
$79.6
Virginia $91.1
$930.4
$441.0
$531.2
$871.7
Washington $97.6
$704.7
$878.1
$818.3
$671.9
West Virginia $147.9
$702.5
$762.1
$483.7
$392.7
Wisconsin $272.7
$2,022.5
$1,690.8
$1,686.9
$1,648.1
Wyoming $101.9
$396.8
$1,280.4
$920.4
$830.8
Other $226.3
$9,474.7
$14,596.0
$14,348.8
$22,057.4
Total $9,378.2
$69,415.1
$69,668.1
$70,066.6
$92,424.8
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012-2013 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), November 2014;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

CSP Financial Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Alabama
$4,087.3
$5,133.2
$5,815.7
$6,228.2
Alaska
$1,329.6
$1,384.0
$1,404.6
$1,437.3
Arizona
$4,003.3
$5,843.3
$6,870.5
$6,851.3
Arkansas
$11,185.9
$21,908.0
$41,145.0
$58,510.1
California
$5,975.2
$7,027.5
$7,260.6
$7,677.7
Caribbean
$19.1
$18.6
$16.6
$16.2
Colorado
$11,746.1
$19,497.2
$22,723.0
$24,081.6
Connecticut
$52.9
$101.0
$186.6
$187.6
Delaware
$349.9
$527.3
$810.1
$1,046.2
Florida
$1,216.1
$1,858.1
$2,231.1
$2,541.1
Georgia
$10,245.6
$20,241.0
$26,828.8
$30,160.4
Hawaii/Pacific
$105.9
$123.9
$126.2
$126.2
Idaho
$4,143.0
$5,242.3
$6,202.7
$6,523.4
Illinois
$8,696.7
$12,302.4
$16,915.5
$20,513.6
Indiana
$5,212.8
$5,892.5
$6,911.5
$7,623.0
Iowa
$20,255.6
$30,740.2
$37,341.1
$40,818.9
Kansas
$18,000.6
$30,298.1
$41,424.6
$46,629.5
Kentucky
$928.5
$1,774.2
$2,442.4
$3,129.6
Louisiana
$5,554.7
$13,504.5
$18,776.8
$21,672.1
Maine
$528.4
$602.4
$618.9
$689.7
Maryland
$741.9
$1,018.0
$1,050.8
$1,095.3
Massachusetts
$58.1
$71.7
$70.9
$69.4
Michigan
$4,678.3
$6,331.4
$7,313.4
$7,767.8
Minnesota
$21,377.3
$37,702.6
$56,340.4
$65,662.3
Mississippi
$8,980.1
$14,541.5
$18,027.9
$21,577.9
Missouri
$16,557.5
$22,875.9
$25,702.3
$27,889.6
Montana
$15,066.5
$24,107.4
$29,256.8
$33,266.6
Nebraska
$20,152.5
$32,878.2
$42,128.0
$49,762.0
Nevada
$300.1
$507.6
$863.8
$951.7
New Hampshire
$46.7
$47.1
$114.0
$157.0
New Jersey
$71.2
$113.5
$196.9
$232.3
New Mexico
$5,412.8
$10,659.0
$14,904.6
$19,475.8
New York
$3,287.6
$3,769.7
$4,703.6
$5,311.2
North Carolina
$1,054.1
$1,883.7
$2,662.7
$2,901.0
North Dakota
$19,486.7
$32,018.3
$48,136.2
$58,586.9
Ohio
$3,013.7
$3,750.8
$3,973.1
$5,092.2
Oklahoma
$16,175.9
$27,017.2
$35,833.5
$44,740.8
Oregon
$7,551.7
$11,149.5
$13,463.5
$14,735.8
Pennsylvania
$3,974.2
$4,863.5
$5,635.6
$6,283.2
Rhode Island
$46.3
$48.6
$61.3
$60.6
South Carolina
$3,423.1
$4,261.3
$4,758.7
$5,048.7
South Dakota
$14,873.7
$26,396.8
$35,816.1
$46,773.5
Tennessee
$2,127.8
$2,775.7
$3,459.4
$4,129.6
Texas
$15,185.8
$18,858.0
$26,130.7
$30,595.2
Utah
$1,738.6
$2,129.1
$2,613.2
$3,732.8
Vermont
$35.5
$34.3
$34.9
$44.6
Virginia
$3,313.0
$4,408.3
$5,625.7
$6,065.8
Washington
$6,008.3
$11,396.6
$13,691.0
$16,354.3
West Virginia
$780.4
$1,432.8
$1,705.3
$1,915.3
Wisconsin
$6,650.2
$10,803.5
$13,688.9
$15,221.7
Wyoming
$4,590.8
$6,264.8
$7,537.7
$8,158.4
Total
$320,397.9
$508,135.7
$671,553.3
$790,123.0
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012-2013 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), November 2014;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

Contracts


NRCS enters into CSP contracts with eligible producers or landowners willing to improve existing conservation systems and undertake additional conservation activities. Applicants must own or control the land for the duration of the contract. By entering into a contract, the participant agrees to maintain existing conservation practices and implement new conservation activities, and NRCS obligates funds to provide technical and financial assistance for planning and applying these conservation activities. CSP offers 5-year conservation stewardship contracts. At the end of the initial stewardship contract, NRCS may allow the producer to renew the contract for one additional 5-year period. The table below reports the number of active CSP contracts signed during each contract fiscal year, and the acres associated with those contracts.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Maps page contains maps illustrating contracts enrolled, acres treated, and financial assistance obligated by state and year.

CSP Contract Data by State and Fiscal Year
State 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number of Active Contracts Total Acres on Active Contracts Number of Active Contracts Total Acres on Active Contracts Number of Active Contracts Total Acres on Active Contracts Number of Active Contracts Total Acres on Active Contracts
Alabama 431
348,905.2
140
136,023.2
91
64,567.3
49
23,141.9
Alaska 14
182,565.4
2
2,865.9
1
259.9
1
1,137.8
Arizona 56
821,642.8
3
205,527.0
13
278,307.0
4
15,127.3
Arkansas 620
569,519.1
453
413,137.4
572
600,147.7
537
547,704.7
California 337
721,128.4
74
85,906.6
31
31,047.9
34
76,420.5
Caribbean 11
700.0






Colorado 469
1,264,375.8
329
800,534.4
163
433,409.6
79
167,050.7
Connecticut 13
8,466.6
4
943.9
8
3,074.1
1
26.0
Delaware 25
14,448.3
9
7,927.8
14
16,076.6
12
12,031.4
Florida 95
65,278.8
55
38,272.6
42
26,397.3
32
43,960.2
Georgia 584
354,906.1
413
263,640.9
475
250,490.2
270
115,819.9
Hawaii/Pacific 16
7,097.5
7
1,320.7
3
56.0


Idaho 202
351,086.5
55
103,868.8
63
102,856.4
23
63,875.9
Illinois 542
402,697.2
221
172,566.4
329
236,259.7
251
188,730.5
Indiana 308
211,564.6
45
26,707.5
66
43,299.9
55
40,724.9
Iowa 1,480
797,605.4
713
368,163.8
552
287,909.2
381
175,346.4
Kansas 872
1,216,415.2
458
834,091.3
451
858,479.9
243
413,666.2
Kentucky 182
62,110.9
108
46,703.3
57
26,360.8
71
28,774.5
Louisiana 321
264,939.7
300
304,767.2
259
250,799.0
163
132,204.0
Maine 102
70,380.9
21
9,069.9
11
4,644.8
11
3,245.5
Maryland 65
24,249.0
23
11,161.5
10
2,157.4
7
1,843.7
Massachusetts 11
7,323.9
5
902.8




Michigan 544
229,963.4
186
75,506.1
120
49,016.2
79
29,523.4
Minnesota 1,575
915,761.2
764
552,156.4
893
659,351.4
552
387,331.0
Mississippi 319
352,265.0
163
230,498.3
126
159,995.7
142
137,599.0
Missouri 1,939
976,001.4
711
349,046.2
434
200,900.7
371
161,441.6
Montana 486
1,810,054.8
270
964,232.8
186
639,912.4
141
505,232.6
Nebraska 1,106
1,836,928.4
569
1,260,004.8
463
953,900.6
405
887,066.4
Nevada 17
23,828.5
14
58,621.1
26
71,434.1
8
19,728.3
New Hampshire 17
3,429.9


13
49,286.1
5
26,994.2
New Jersey 9
2,468.1
5
1,453.1
9
3,729.3
5
1,514.1
New Mexico 172
1,478,740.3
101
905,792.1
121
1,085,374.7
150
995,483.3
New York 321
159,601.7
79
35,048.6
66
46,449.4
39
34,570.9
North Carolina 167
67,414.0
98
43,887.0
152
43,032.3
31
18,367.1
North Dakota 627
1,280,729.0
336
634,775.0
519
873,362.2
371
604,828.7
Ohio 324
127,832.7
74
30,442.5
44
12,880.5
102
51,952.2
Oklahoma 918
1,137,871.1
590
737,811.3
583
593,766.1
716
762,443.4
Oregon 372
841,377.8
146
311,701.5
101
255,975.3
67
138,119.5
Pennsylvania 565
166,100.9
124
33,978.9
96
31,866.2
91
43,709.3
Rhode Island 21
3,725.4
3
148.4
7
2,161.3


South Carolina 443
265,706.1
133
77,875.1
100
45,547.8
71
31,124.9
South Dakota 505
1,294,390.5
330
868,844.0
310
845,869.8
404
984,965.6
Tennessee 416
139,168.2
101
31,079.4
96
42,718.0
133
39,851.3
Texas 989
2,037,864.3
206
498,875.1
435
1,155,790.4
224
899,767.6
Utah 78
301,186.9
23
124,966.1
25
72,070.7
63
226,791.5
Vermont 7
2,562.0
1
240.5
1
153.7
3
746.5
Virginia 270
146,843.8
89
46,510.4
132
71,706.8
57
23,362.8
Washington 206
448,326.6
175
325,463.2
77
195,461.5
98
218,428.1
West Virginia 253
73,445.2
247
45,578.9
157
24,714.8
107
17,817.3
Wisconsin 968
359,989.7
587
253,947.1
476
162,138.2
308
94,424.9
Wyoming 177
913,342.7
67
418,089.1
57
244,709.1
25
125,353.0
Total 20,567
25,164,326.9
9,630
12,750,675.9
9,036
12,109,876.0
6,992
9,519,370.5
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, ProTracts Program Contracts System, October 2013.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) November 2014
Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS) December 2011
ProTracts Program Contracts System October 2013
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC. 28 February 2015*
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