Kentucky Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
The deadline to submit new and renewal applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is March 31, 2016.
What's New in CSP?
The 2014 Farm Bill increased the program's focus on generating additional conservation benefits, removed the limitation on the number of nonindustrial private forestland acres that can be enrolled in CSP, and increased flexibility to enroll land coming out of the Conservation Reserve Program.
Payment Limit. A person or legal entity may not receive more than $200,000 during fiscal years 2014 through 2018.
Through CSP, NRCS provides 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.
CSP 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.
Are You Eligible for CSP?
How to Apply
Visit your local USDA Service Center or go online to www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.
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.
- Nonindustrial Private Forest
- Agricultural Land Under the Jurisdiction of an Native American Tribe or Tribal Nation
- 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.â€‹
Operations Baseline Data Questions
To initiate the use of the Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT) during the CSP application process, you'll work with NRCS field personnel to define your Operation Baseline Data. The CMT will use this data, in part, to determine the conservation performance for existing and additional conservation activities.
The documents below are copies of the Operation Baseline Data questions, grouped by land use. You can download and review the questions, and begin drafting responses to start the process before you meet with your local NRCS office.
Conservation Measurement Tools (CMT)
As part of the CSP application process, you'll work with NRCS field personnel to complete your resource inventory using a Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT). The CMT determines the conservation performance for existing and additional conservation activities.
The documents below are copies of the resource inventory questions, grouped by land use. You can download and review the questions, and begin drafting responses to start resource inventory process before you complete the CMT in your local NRCS office.
2015 Ranking Period Conservation Program Activity List and Job Sheets
2015 Ranking Period One Activity List (PDF, 159 KB)
If you have any questions, please contact your local NRCS office.
An "Enhancement" is a conservation activity used to treat natural resources and greatly improve conservation performance. Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity which exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern. Enhancements directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard.
A "Bundle" is a group of specific enhancements which when installed as a group, addresses resource concerns synergetically.
CSP Payment Rates
- CSP Payment Rates and Information (coming soon)
Kentucky Brochure and Poster
For More Information
Please visit the National NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program Web page. For local assistance, contact your local USDA Service Center.
Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs