The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary program providing financial and technical assistance promoting the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands.
The 2008 Farm Bill replaced the Conservation Security Program with the new Conservation Stewardship Program for fiscal years 2009 through 2017. The program may enroll more than 12.7 million acres each fiscal year. Acreage will be allocated based primarily on each state’s or area’s proportion of eligible acres to the total number of all eligible acres.
The 2008 Farm Bill provides for funding for all current Conservation Security Program contracts.
Highlights - 2004 - 2009
2004 - 79 contracts on 68,470 acres in the Little River Ditches Watershed
2005 - 586 contracts on 480,002 acres in the Cadron, Lower White/Bayou Des Arc, Lower Neosho, Lower St. Francis and Little River Ditches watersheds
2006 - 96 contracts on 57,734 acres in the Lower Arkansas Watershed
2008 - 106 contracts on 103,492 acres in the Upper White-Village Watershed
2009 - Continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program began Aug. 10. The first cutoff for ranking purposes was Sept. 30. Arkansas received 444 applications.
Arkansas 2009 CSP Obligations by County
2009 Obligation Amount
** Payments for all current Conservation Security Program contracts. Conservation Stewardship Program obligations will be reflected in the 2010 Annual Report.