Tennessee Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2013
This page will be updated with additional information for Tennessee applications soon!
USDA NRCS News Release
Introduction - What's New in this Ranking Period?
New Conservation Activities and Job Sheets, new Resource Inventory questions and further guidance to help our customers conserve the Nation's natural resources. Don't forget to sign up by January 17, 2014 to be considered for the fiscal year's program ranking and funding.
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, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest lands. 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? -- CSP Self-Screening Checklist
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)
Please complete these forms and bring them with you to your local NRCS office.
2013 Ranking Period Conservation Program Activity List and Job Sheets
Download the document below to identify new activities you may be interested in to install or adopt. If you have any questions, 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.
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:
For more information about the Conservation Stewardship Program, contact:
or visit the National CSP webpage.
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