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Idaho Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - 2009

Wheat stubble with bufferThrough 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.

CSP encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land. The NRCS will make CSP available nationwide on a continuous application basis.

The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.

CSP offers participants two possible types of payments:

  1. Annual Payment:
    The participant will receive an annual payment for installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining and managing existing activities.  Activities may include conservation practices and/or enhancements.
  1. Supplemental Payment:
    The participant may earn a supplemental payment for the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations.


Additional Information:

The State Conservationist, in consultation with the State Technical Committee and local work groups, will focus program impacts on natural resources that are of specific concern for a State, or the specific geographic areas within a State. Applications will be evaluated relative to other applications addressing similar priority resource concerns to facilitate a competitive ranking process among applicants within a State who face similar resource challenges.

To see the geographic area map:  Conservation Stewardship Program Geographic Areas

2009 CSP - Conservation Stewardship Program - Priority Resource Concerns and Ranking Pools

Geographic Areas Priority Resource Concerns
Ranking Pools Division Soil Erosion Water Quality Animals Soil Quality Plants Air Quality
Agricultural Land - South (below the Idaho County
Southern Boundary)
Divisions 3, 4, 5 and 6 X X   X X X
Agricultural Land - North (above the Idaho County
Southern Boundary)
Divisions 1 and 2 X X   X X X
Nonindustrial Private Forest Land All Divisions   X X   X X

Idaho CSP

Rob Fredericksen, CSP Program Leader
Phone:  (208) 685-6993