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Conservation Security Program

2008 Conservation Security Program

Upper White-Village Watershed Selected for 2008 Conservation Security Program

Sign-Up Period Extended to May 30, 2008

Upper White-Village Waterhsed Map (Click for Larger Image)

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced a sign-up for the Conservation Security Program (CSP) will be available starting on April 18 to approximately 698 potentially eligible farms covering more than 348,750 acres in the Upper White-Village Watershed in Arkansas. The watershed includes portions of Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, White and Woodruff counties.

Nationwide, there are 64,000 potentially eligible farms and ranches in 51 watersheds covering more than 23.7 million acres. The CSP sign-up is open in the 51 watersheds until May 30, 2008.

CSP is a voluntary conservation program that supports ongoing stewardship of private, agricultural working lands and rewards those producers who are meeting the highest standards of conservation and environmental management on their operations.

To apply for CSP, NRCS asks potential participants to complete a CSP self-assessment workbook—available on the Web or from local NRCS offices—to find out if their operation meets the requirements of the program and qualifies for program participation. The self-assessment process is completed using a self-screening questionnaire for each land use to be enrolled. When this process is completed, the producer submits the CSP workbook to the local NRCS office during the sign-up period and meets with NRCS personnel to go over any additional needed documentation. NRCS will then determine if eligibility requirements are met and provide options for the producer’s decision on enrollment category placement.

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-171, May 13, 2002) (the Act) amended the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3801 et seq.) to authorize the Conservation Security Program (CSP).  The program is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to producers who advance the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands.  Such lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land and other non-cropped areas that are an incidental part of the agriculture operation.

State CSP Press Releases


Watershed Information

Application Sign-up Information

The complete Self-Assessment Workbook is available for on-line use and for download on the National NRCS home page at

2008 CSP National Enhancements

Additional Information

Archived Information


Arkansas CSP Program Manager
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: (501) 301-3122