2014 Washington Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
2014 Conservation Stewardship Program Signup Extended
The 2014 Conservation Stewardship Program application deadline has been extended. Applications are due February 7, 2014.
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.
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, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed. 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.
The State Conservationist, in consultation with the State Technical Committee and local work groups, 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.
The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.
CSP 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
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Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist
Download and fill out the Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist
You don't have to turn it in to NRCS; it's there to help you determine for CSP is right for you. If you have questions regarding the Checklist, please contact your local NRCS office.
CSP Fact Sheet
The CSP program fact sheet is available for download and printing.
The 2008 Farm Bill recognized the growing interest and support of organic agriculture across the country and required the development of a transparent means by which producers may initiate organic certification while participating in a CSP contract. "The Conservation Stewardship Program's Contribution to Organic Transitioning - The Organic Crosswalk", provides an explanation of how CSP enhancements can be used to assist producers in meeting individual National Organic Program (NOP) rules while going through the transitioning period.
Non-Industrial Forestry Option
CSP is also available to assist forestry producers. The following document describes this opportunity in detail.
FY 2014 Ranking Period One Program Documents
Enhancement Activity Job Sheets
"Enhancement" means a type of 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.
National enhancement activity job sheets are available for the following resource concerns:
2014 Job Sheet homepage | Air Quality | Animal | Bundles | Energy | Plant | Soil Erosion | Soil Quality | Water Quality | Water Quantity | National Focus Areas | Supplemental Payment Activity
Download and look over the Conservation Stewardship Program Activity List to identify new activities you may be interested in to install or adopt:
State Specific Enhancement Requirements
The state specific enhancements listed below are to be used for planning and contracting in Washington. If there is not a state specific enhancement listed below to meet the needs of your plan, refer to the national enhancement activity job sheets listed above.
NOTE: For special consideration of management periods outside those dates specified in the state specific enhancements below, consult with your NRCS local Area or State Specialist.
AIR03 - Replace burning of prunings, removals and other crop residues with non-burning alternatives (XLSM; 32KB)
AIR04 - Use drift reducing nozzles, low spray pressure and boom height and adjutants to reduce pesticide drift (XLSM; 32KB)
AIR07 - GPS, targeted spray application (SmartSprayer), or other chemical application electronic control technology (XLSM; 32KB)
AIR08 - Nitrification inhibitors or urease inhibitors (XLSM; 36KB)
ANM03 - Incorporate native grasses and/or legumes to 15% or more of herbage dry matter productivity (XLSM; 80KB)
ANM05 - Extend existing riparian forest buffers for water quality protection and wildlife habitat (XLSM; 57KB)
ANM07 - Extending existing field borders for water quality protection and wildlife habitat (XLSM; 75KB)
ANM09 - Grazing management to improve wildlife habitat (XLSM; 1.1MB)
ANM10 - Harvest hay in a manner that allows wildlife to flush and escape (XLSM; 4.6MB)
ANM11 - Patch-burning to enhance wildlife habitat (XLSM; 32KB) - NOT AVAILABLE IN WASHINGTON STATE
ANM12 - Shallow water habitat (XLSM; 38KB)
ANM17 - Monitoring nutritional status of livestock using the NUTBAL PRO system (XLSM; 30KB)
ANM21 - Prairie restoration for grazing and wildlife habitat (XLSM; 78KB)
ANM23 - Multi-species native perennials for biomass/wildlife habitat (XLSM; 31KB)
ANM25 - Stockpiling of forage to extend the grazing season (XLSM; 31KB)
ANM26 - Managing calving to coincide with forage availability (XLSM; 33KB)
ANM27 - Wildlife Friendly Fencing (XLSM; 33KB)
ANM29 - On-farm forage based grazing system ( XLSM; 33KB)
ANM31 - Drainage water management (XLSM; 36KB)
ANM32 - Extend existing filter strips or riparian herbaceous cover for water quality protection and wildlife habitat (XLSM; 74KB)
ANM33 - Riparian buffer, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat (XLSM; 85KB)
ANM34 - Leave standing grain crops un-harvested to benefit wildlife (XLSM; 33KB)
ANM35 - Enhance wildlife habitat on grass/legume covered expired CRP acres similar managed as hayland
ANM36 - Enhance wildlife habitat on tree covered expired CRP acres or similar managed as forestland
ANM37 - Prescriptive grazing management system for grazed lands
ANM38 - (replaces ANM18) Retrofit water facility for wildlife escape and enhanced access
ENR01 - Fuel use reduction for field operations (XLSM; 29KB)
ENR09 - Variable frequency drive electric motors (XLSM; 32KB)
ENR10 - Using nitrogen provided by legumes, animal manure and compost to supply 90 to 100% of nitrogen needs (XLSM; 36KB)
ENR11 - Improving energy feedstock production using alley cropping systems with short rotation wood crops (XLSM; 67KB)
ENR12 - Use of legume cover crops as a nitrogen source (XLSM; 33KB)
PLT02 - Monitoring key grazing areas to improve grazing management (XLSM; 4.4MB)
PLT05 - Multi-story cropping, sustainable management of non-timber forest plants (XLSM; 43KB)
PLT06 - Renovation of windbreak, shelterbelt or hedgerow for wildlife habitat (XLSM; 71KB)
PLT15 - Establish pollinator and/or beneficial insect habitat (XLSM; 97KB)
PLT16 - Intensive management of rotational grazing (XLSM; 36KB)
PLT17 - Creating forest opening to improve hardwood stands (XLSM; 47KB)
PLT18 - Increasing on-farm food production with edible woody buffer landscapes (XLSM; 60KB)
PLT19 - Herbicide resistant weed management
PLT20 - High residue cover crops or mixtures for weed suppression and soil health
PLT21 - Forest stand improvement pre-treating vegetation and fuels preceding prescribed fire - NOT AVAILABLE IN WASHINGTON STATE
SOE05 - (combined SOE03 & SOE04) Continuous no-till – Organic or Non-organic systems
SQL01 - Controlled traffic system (XLSM; 33KB)
SQL04 - Use of cover crop mixes (XLSM; 39KB)
SQL05 - Use of deep rooted crops to break up compaction (XLSM; 39KB)
SQL08 - Inter cropping to improve soil quality and increase biodiversity (XLSM; 35KB)
SQL09 - Conversion of cropped land to grass-based agriculture (XLSM; 74KB)
SQL10 - Crop management system where cropland acres recently converted from CRP cover or similar vegetation
SQL11 - Cover crop in orchards, vineyards and other woody perennial horticultural crops
SQL12 - (replaced SQL02) Intensive cover cropping in annual crops
WQL01 - Biological suppression and other non-chemical techniques to manage brush, herbaceous weeds and invasive species (XLSM; 35KB)
WQL03 - Rotation of supplement and feeding areas (XLSM; 33KB)
WQL04 - Plant tissue tests and analysis to improve nitrogen management (XLSM; 46KB)
WQL05 - Apply nutrients no more than 30 days prior to planned planting date (XLSM; 37KB)
WQL07 - Split nitrogen applications, 50% after crop emergence or pasture green up (XLSM; 38KB)
WQL09 - Apply phosphorus fertilizer below the soil surface (XLSM; 37KB)
WQL10 - Plant cover crop that will scavenge residual Nitrogen (XLSM; 43KB)
WQL11 - Precision application technology to apply nutrients (XLSM; 38KB)
WQL13 - High level integrated pest management to reduce pesticide environmental risk (XLSM; 37KB)
WQL14 - Land application of treated manure (XLSM; 36KB)
WQL17 - Use of non-chemical methods to kill cover crops (XLSM; 37KB)
WQL18 - Non-chemical pest management for livestock (XLSM; 71KB)
WQL19 - Transition to organic grazing system (XLSM; 42KB)
WQL20 - Transition to Organic Cropping Systems (XLSM; 42KB)
WQL21 - Integrated pest management of organic farming (XLSM; 39KB)
WQL22 - On farm composting of farm organic waste (XLSM; 37KB)
WQL24 - Apply enhanced efficiency fertilizer products (XLSM; 46KB)
WQL25 - Split application of nitrogen based on a PSNT (XLSM; 37KB)
WQL26 - Reduce the concentration of nutrients imported on farm (XLSM; 29KB)
WQL27 - Drainage water management for nutrient, pathogen, or pesticide reduction
WQT01 - Irrigation system automation (XLSM; 27KB)
WQT03 - Irrigation pumping plant evaluation (XLSM; 32KB)
WQT05 - Remote monitoring and notification of irrigation pumping plant operation (XLSM; 27KB)
WQT07 - Regional weather networks for irrigation scheduling (XLSM; 31KB)Highlights and Announcements
WQT08 - Decrease irrigation water quantity or conversion to non-irrigated crop production
Additional information can be found on the National NRCS CSP site. This site contains the CSP Fact Sheet, CSP Interim Final Rule, Payment Rates, Operations Baseline Data Questions, Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT) Inventory Questions, and Enhancement Activity Job Sheets.
For questions regarding the Washington State Conservation Stewardship Program contact your local NRCS office or:
Area Program Liaison
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
316 W. Boone Ave Suite 370
Spokane, WA 99201