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Conservation Stewardship Program

A system of conservation practices with farming diversity.Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed. Participation in the program is voluntary.

2014 CSP Signup

CSP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections. NRCS announced that farmers who sign up for CSP by Feb. 7, 2014, will receive first consideration for funding selections. Visit your local NRCS office to apply for CSP.

Conservation Stewardship Program Application Materials

Other Resources

Iowa's Statewide Priority Resource Concerns
Agriculture Land Non-Industrial Private Forestland
  • Soil quality
  • Soil erosion
  • Water quality
  • Animals (includes livestock and wildlife)
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Water quality
  • Soil erosion

Iowa Resource Conserving Crop Rotations

Resource-conserving crop means a crop that is one of the following:

  1. A perennial grass;
  2. A legume grown for use as forage, seed for planting, or green manure;
  3. A legume-grass mixture;
  4. A small grain grown in combination with a grass or legume green manure crop whether inter-seeded or planted in rotation.

CSP Contact:
Dave Brommel, 515-284-4353

For further information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Service Center