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February 7, 2014 - Deadline for applications to be considered for the 2014-1 ranking and funding period

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

Benefits

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.

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February 7, 2014
Deadline for Applications to be Considered for Ranking and Funding

Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy.

CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts: annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and supplemental payments for adopting a resource-conserving crop rotation. Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year.

Eligibility

CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or crops produced, in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations, or Indian tribes. They must:

  • Be the operator of record in the USDA farm records management system for the eligible land being offered for enrollment;
  • Have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract;
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions of 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 12 and adjusted gross income provisions of 7 CFR part 1400; and
  • Include the eligible land in their entire agricultural or forestry operation

Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract. Contracts include all eligible land in the agricultural operation.

Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

Land Control

  • The applicant must have control of the land for the term of the proposed contract. Click here for more information on requirements for land control. (PDF, 84 kb)

Is CSP Right For Me?

The Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist will help you determine whether the program is right for you.

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Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 115KB)

You do not have to turn it in to NRCS. It is here to help you determine if CSP is right for you. If you have questions regarding the Checklist, please contact your local NRCS office.

How to Apply

Download, review and complete the Conservation Stewardship Program Application NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 104kb) with Appendix form, and turn it in to your local NRCS office. Please retain a copy of the Appendix for your records.

More Information

Contact

Find a local USDA Service Center

For more information on the statewide Conservation Stewardship Program contact Kim Burr, Farm Bill Specialist at (801) 524-4561