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New Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2014 in Alabama

Signup for FY 2016's Alabama NRCS programs is October 16 (news release). Signup is continuous.  If you miss this deadline, your application will be accepted for future funding.  Visit your local NRCS office.

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The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment.


What's New in CSP?

The 2014 Farm Bill increased the program's focus on generating additional conservation benefits, removed the limitation on the number of nonindustrial private forestland acres that can be enrolled in CSP, and increased flexibility to enroll land coming out of the Conservation Reserve Program.

Payment Limit. A person or legal entity may not receive more than $200,000 during fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy.

CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts: annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and supplemental payments for adopting a resource-conserving crop rotation. Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year.


Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land. CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian tribes that meet the stewardship threshold for at least two priority resource concerns when they apply. They must also agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the contract.

Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract. Contracts include all eligible land in the agricultural operation.

Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

How to Apply

Visit your local USDA Service Center visit

Download NRCS conservation program application (PDF, 267KB)

More Information

CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 618KB)

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit

Detailed Information

To see more detailed information about CSP, visit the CSP program homepage, 2014 Enhancement Activity Job Sheets or the 2014 Payments Rates pages.

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Alabama CSP Information

Geographic Areas Priority Resource Concerns
Ranking Pools Water Quality Soil Quality Animals Energy Plants
Agricultural Land - Statewide x x   x x
Agricultural Land - Beginning Farmer x x   x x
Agricultural Land - Socially Disadvantaged x x   x x
Nonindustrial Private Forest Land - Statewide x   x x x
Nonindustrial Private Forest Land - Beginning Farmer x   x x x
Nonindustrial Private Forest Land - Socially Disadvantaged x   x x

CSP Enhancement Job Sheets with Alabama Addendums - These documents describe in greater detail the enhancement activities specific for the Alabama CSP signup.

National NRCS Website for Conservation Stewardship Program Information

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CSP National Fact Sheet 
Payment For Performance
Conservation Program Activity List (PDF, 98KB)
Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 98KB)  
Conservation Stewardship Program Application  (PDF, 40KB) 

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For more information about the Conservation Stewardship Program, contact your local NRCS Service Center (USDA Office Locator: Information about service center location - county and related offices across the U.S.)  There are Service Centers in most Alabama counties. 

Program Contact: Steve Musser, ASTC-Programs, NRCS - Auburn, AL, Phone: 334-887-4503, Email: