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Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program

Highlights and Announcements

March 31, 2016 is the deadline for operators interested in applying for either a new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contract or renewal of an expiring CSP contract.

Note: All 2012 CSP contracts expire December 31, 2016, and can only be renewed if an application is submitted prior to March 31, 2015.

The application process includes:

  1. An application for assistance (NRCS-CPA-1200),
  2. A map of the participant’s agricultural operation showing eligible and ineligible lands under the participants control, and
  3. Current records at the Farm Services Agency.
  4. Renewal applications also require a NRCS-CCC-1248

Please contact your local NRCS field office for additional information and/or copies of the required application materials.


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.

Additional updates coming soon!

Program Contact

For more specific application information please contact your local district conservationist.