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Conservation Stewardship Program 2010

Conservation Stewardship Program - FY 2010


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.

CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated the authority for CSP to the NRCS Chief.

Highlights and Announcements

Program Documents

The documents below may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

North Dakota CSP Geographical Areas  (PDF, 285 KB - 8/24/09)
    Applications will compete for funding with other applications in their area.

CSP Brochure (PDF; 349 KB)

CSP Frequently Asked Questions  (PDF; 77 KB)

CSP Interim Final Rule  (PDF, 134KB - 7/29/09)

National News Release  (May 10, 2010)

Resource Concerns & Ranking Pools  (PDF; 18KB)

Program Description

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.

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.

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)

CCPI is a voluntary conservation initiative that enables the use of certain conservation programs along with resources of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.

Eligible producers who participate in a project area identified in an approved partners agreement and have submitted a CSP application, may be approved for assistance.

The document below may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    CCPI - Request for Proposal  (PDF; 89KB)


The CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands, as well as nonindustrial private forest lands statewide.  Individual producers, legal entities, corporations, and Indian Tribes may be eligible for the program.  Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian Tribe.

Applicants must:

  • Be the operator of record in the USDA farm records management system for the eligible land being offered for enrollment;

  • Have documented control of the land for the term of the proposed contract;

  • Include the eligible land in their entire operation as represented for other USDA programs;

  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions and adjusted gross income.

2010 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist  (coming soon)
2010 Conservation Stewardship Program Activity List  (coming soon) 
2010 Conservation Stewardship Program Application (PDF, 42KB)

2010 Enhancement Activity Job Sheets

Below are links to documents which describe in greater detail the enhancement activities in the Program Activity List.

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.  

The following links lead to Enhancement Activity Job Sheets. Each Job Sheet is a complete description of the activities summarized the Conservation Program Activity List:

CSP Enhancement Information

The documents below may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Conservation Enhancement and Activity List with ND Sideboards  (PDF; 89 KB)

National CSP Website

Program Payments

The Conservation Stewardship Program offers participants two possible types of payments:

Annual Payment �For installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities.

Supplemental Payment �For the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations.

The annual payment limitation for a person or legal entity is $40,000.  A person or legal entity cannot exceed $200,000 for all contracts entered into during any five-year period.

The document below may require Microsoft Excel Viewer.

Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR) Guidance  (XLSX; 40KB)

For More Information

For more information and updates about CSP, please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site, the national NRCS Web site, or contact the North Dakota NRCS personnel listed below.

2009 Conservation Stewardship Program Information

North Dakota Program Contact

Jennifer Heglund
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: 701-530-2095