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Conservation Stewardship Program

Control burn in a longleaf pine forest with the CSP logo

CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range
land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation. The program provides equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographic location.

CSP News Release FY 2016
CSP Enhancements

CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 618 KB)

How Do I get Started?

First, producers interested in CSP need to fill out the Conservation Stewardship Program Application  (PDF 40 KB), and turn it in to your local NRCS office.  Secondly, all producers must complete a self-assessment to determine their eligibility. Self-assessment worksheets are available at the local NRCS offices or are available online (see below for link.)  Completed worksheets should be taken to local NRCS offices along with proof of control of the land and maps of the property. If you are not eligible for CSP, you may be eligible for other conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and others. Producers who may not be eligible can find out about programs that can help them achieve a higher level of conservation so that they may apply for CSP in the future.

To complete the Self-Assessment on-line, go to CSP Self-Assessment

The assessment will help you:

  1. Determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements,
  2. Document your stewardship work--including conservation practices, and
  3. Prepare a benchmark inventory documenting conservation treatments you have implemented.

Applications in Georgia will need to adequately address one of the four priority natural resource concerns at the end of the contract period. The four ranking concerns are:

  1. Water Quality
  2. Water Quantity
  3. Soil Quality
  4. Soil Erosion

Two ranking pools have been established to rank applications with similar resource concerns, one for north Georgia and one for south Georgia. The areas were not selected by geography. They were selected because of the similarities of the resource concerns in those areas.

For more information , visit our National CSP web page, your local office, the Assistant State Conservationist - Programs or the Natural Resource Specialist.