Conservation Stewardship Program
What is CSP?
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, while improving, maintaining, and managing any existing conservation activities.
How is CSP Different from Other Programs?
CSP provides conservation program payments in a manner that is different from other NRCS programs. CSP participants will receive an annual land use payment for operation level environmental benefits they produce. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance: the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment.
How are CSP Applications Ranked?
Ohio will be divided into three regions (see map), Statewide Area, Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) and the Appalachian Region. Applications within each region will be ranked against each other to ensure competition between similar applications.
NRCS will use a Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT) to evaluate CSP applications through a point based system to estimate environmental benefits. The CMT evaluates existing and new activities to calculate conservation performance points which will be used for ranking and payment purposes.
CSP offers participants two possible types of payments; Annual payments for installing and adopting additional activities, and for improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities; and Supplemental payment for the adoption of a resource conserving crop rotation.
Is CSP Right for You?
Complete the optional Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist to determine whether or not CSP is a good fit for you!
If so, please review the following FY 2013 Sign Up Documents
Also check out the CSP Fact Sheet
Visit the National CSP Website for more information.