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Conservation Stewardship Program

Tractor in FieldThe 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.  

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.

How to Apply

Download and fill out the 2015 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 178KB)  You don't have to turn it in to NRCS; it's there to help you determine for CSP is right for you. 

Visit your local NRCS field office or go to Getting Started with NRCS to apply for assistance.

You can find more information on the national CSP website.

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