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Conservation Stewardship Program

NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but producers should submit applications by March 31 to their local NRCS office to be considered for enrollment in 2016.
Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec.31, 2016 have the option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. Applications to renew are also due by March 31.

Program Description

The Conservation Stewardship Program provides financial and technical assistance for eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land 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 non-industrial private forest land. The NRCS will make CSP available nationwide on a continuous application basis.

Michigan will focus program impacts on natural resources that are of specific concern for specific geographic areas within the 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 agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant’s control for the term of the proposed contract.

CSP Self-Screening Checklist - Fill out to determine if CSP is a good fit for your operation.

2016-1 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

CSP Resource Concerns

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Soil Erosion
  • Soil Quality
  • Water Quality

Related Web Pages

Enhancement Activity Sheets
NRCS National CSP Website

Conservation Stewardship Program Information Sheets

The Organic Crosswalk 

CSP Contribution to Organic Transitioning Fact Sheet 

CSP Application Materials 

Sample Record Keeping Forms 

Nutrient Management
Pest Management
Livestock Waste Management
Pasture Management Spreadsheet

Conservation Security Program and Conservation Stewardship Program Archive Page - This Web page contains links to documents from prior Conservation Stewardship Program sign-ups and for the Conservation Security Program.


Abigail Smith , CSP Coordinator
Phone:  517-324-5275