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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - Illinois


2016 Conservation Stewardship Program Signup

Applications for 2016 CSP can now be submitted at your local field office. CSP 2015-1 General Sign-Up and Contract Renewal deadlines have past. 


Program Overview

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:

  • Undertaking additional conservation activities; and
  • Improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

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, Non-Industrial Private Forest lands (NIPF), 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.

CSP provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location. The entire agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.


Applying for CSP

Applications for CSP are accepted on a continuous basis.

Applicants must complete the NRCS-CPA-1200 application form available at their local field office. After submitting an application, the applicant will also receive a copy of the NRCS-CPA-1200 Contract Appendix, explaining CSP contract terms and conditions. Reviewing the contract appendix up front helps the applicant understand the requirements of the CSP program. In addition, all applicants need to meet eligibility requirements in order to be a CSP participant. Contact your local office to discuss eligibility criteria.

Contact Information:

For help with the CSP program in Illinois, contact your local NRCS office.


Archived CSP Enhancement Activity Job Sheets and Activity Lists can be found here. Not all enhancements are available in Illinois.