The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation.
CSP Classic Sign-Up Period Extended to February 18, 2022
CSP Classic state-wide application sign-up period for fiscal year 2022 has been extended. All Louisiana agricultural producers and landowners who wish to be considered for this year’s CSP financial assistance should apply by February 18, 2022.
While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by February 18, 2022, to ensure their applications are considered for the 2022 funding period.
For additional information about CSP and other conservation programs, contact your local USDA/NRCS service center.
Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance
Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help.
No one knows more about your land than you do, and no one knows more about conservation than we do. Together we can develop a plan tailored to your land and your goals to help you increase productivity and protect the value of your land.
Our Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you schedule timely planting of cover crops, develop a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, implement no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.
CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in CSP. Thousands of people have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.
Some of the benefits include:
- Improved cattle gains per acre
- Increased crop yields
- Decreased inputs
- Wildlife population improvements
- Better resilience to weather extremes
- Cotton (PDF;231KB)
- Corn (PDF;231KB)
- Crops (PDF;197KB)
- Dairy (PDF;183 KB)
- Forestry (PDF;230KB)
- Livestock (PDF;217KB)
- Organics (PDF;232KB)
- Pork (PDF;184KB)
- Poultry (PDF;162KB)
- Rice (PDF;172KB)
- Soil Health (PDF;176KB)
- Sorghum (PDF;193KB)
- Soybeans (PDF;193KB)
- Wheat (PDF;144KB)
- Wildlife (PDF;171KB)
Through CSP, we can help build your business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of your entire operation. Good land stewardship not only conserves the natural resources on your farm, ranch or forest, it also provides multiple benefits to local communities, including better water and air quality and wildlife habitat, as well as food and fiber.
Enhancements are management activities that go above and beyond the minimum conservation practice standard requirements helping the producer achieve a higher level of conservation.
Click on any of the land use images below to view the CSP enhancements.
- CSP Payment Schedule (PDF)
- CSP Activity List
Louisiana Ranking Pools
- Ag Lands
- Lower Delta-General
- Lower Delta-Beginning Farmer
- Lower Delta-Socially Disadvantaged
- Plains-Beginning Farmer
- Plains-Socially Disadvantaged
- Prairie-Beginning Farmer
- Prairie-Socially Disadvantaged
- Upper Delta-General
- Upper Delta-Beginning Farmer
- Upper Delta-Socially Disadvantaged
- MRBI-Beginning Farmer
- MRBI Delta-Socially Disadvantaged
Targeted Resource Concerns
- Soil Erosion
- Insufficient Water
- Water Quality Degradation
- Degraded Plant Condition
- Fish and Wildlife - Inadequate Habitat
Ready to get started?
Contact your local service center to start your application.
How to Get Assistance
Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease?
Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.
To get started with NRCS, we recommend you stop by your local NRCS field office. We’ll discuss your vision for your land.
NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you.
We’ll walk you through the application process. To get started on applying for financial assistance, we’ll work with you:
- To fill out an AD 1026, which ensures a conservation plan is in place before lands with highly erodible soils are farmed. It also ensures that identified wetland areas are protected.
- To meet other eligibility certifications.
Once complete, we’ll work with you on the application, or CPA 1200.
Applications for most programs are accepted on a continuous basis, but they’re considered for funding in different ranking periods. Be sure to ask your local NRCS district conservationist about the deadline for the ranking period to ensure you turn in your application in time.
As part of the application process, we’ll check to see if you are eligible. To do this, you’ll need to bring:
- An official tax ID (Social Security number or an employer ID)
- A property deed or lease agreement to show you have control of the property; and
- A farm tract number.
If you don’t have a farm tract number, you can get one from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Typically, the local FSA office is located in the same building as the local NRCS office. You only need a farm tract number if you’re interested in financial assistance.
NRCS will take a look at the applications and rank them according to local resource concerns, the amount of conservation benefits the work will provide and the needs of applicants.
If you’re selected, you can choose whether to sign the contract for the work to be done.
Once you sign the contract, you’ll be provided standards and specifications for completing the practice or practices, and then you will have a specified amount of time to implement. Once the work is implemented and inspected, you’ll be paid the rate of compensation for the work if it meets NRCS standards and specifications.