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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2018

Staff Contact:
Program Specialist
Phone: (302) 678-4260
FAX: (302) 678-0843

Click for National 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program Information

Delaware 2020 CSP Information

CSP Application Deadline March 2, 2018

Program Description and Eligibility Requirements

Most of the agriculture producers that are approved to participate in CSP have already been implementing conservation practices on their land. CSP steps in and offers enhancements for those practices. For example, if you have been practicing prescribed grazing, CSP would give you options to enhance that practice with activities such as grazing management to improve plants for wildlife, or grazing management to reduce soil compaction, or grazing management to improve riparian function, just to name a few.

If you decide to enroll in CSP, the local NRCS conservation planner will have a one-on-one consultation with you to evaluate your current management system and the natural resources on your land. Then the NRCS conservation planner will present a variety of CSP enhancement alternatives for you to consider implementing on your land, based on existing conservation practices. The variety of CSP conservation activities that are offered give you a lot of freedom to select enhancements or practices that help you meet your management goals.  These improvements work naturally with your land to bring out your land’s best potential.

Once you choose the enhancements that best fit your operation, CSP offers annual incentive payments for installing these practices on your land. If you want to take it even a step further, CSP also offers bundles where you can select a suite of enhancements to implement and receive an even higher payment rate.



Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.


Participant Responsibilities

Control or own eligible land

Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions

Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements

Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.


CSP Payments

Participating in the CSP represents a genuine commitment to conservation – CSP contracts are for five years, with the option to renew if you successfully fulfill the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives.

Contract payments are made annually based on the following components:

  • Existing activity payment  - payment to maintain the existing conservation based on the land uses included in the operation and the number of resource concerns that are meeting the stewardship level at the time of application
  • Additional activity payment - payment to implement additional conservation activities
  • Supplemental payment – payment for adopting or improving a resource-conserving crop rotation (optional)

All CSP contracts will have a minimum annual payment of $1,500.


Existing Activity Payment

You will be required to maintain the stewardship level of the resource concerns you are already meeting for the 5-year term of the CSP contract.  CSP provides financial assistance for the cost of maintaining the existing conservation systems or practices on your land.

This portion of your annual payment will remain the same for each year of the CSP contract if there are no changes to the total acres enrolled in the program.

Additional Activity Payment

In addition to maintaining the stewardship level for the resource concerns you are already meeting, the CSP contract requires that you meet or exceed at least one additional resource concern in each land use by the end of the contract.  The second portion of the annual CSP payment will be based on the financial assistance payment rate for the individual enhancements, practices, or bundles implemented to help you achieve this objective.

The payment rate tables for CSP enhancements, practices, and bundles display the payment rate by unit such as per acre, per foot, or each.  Payments for enhancements, practices, or bundles will be based on the actual amount installed or applied.  This portion of your annual payment will vary each year based on the conservation activities applied during the year.

Delaware 2020 Available Ranking Pools 

(AL=Agricultural lands, NIPF = Non-Industrial Private Forest)


Delaware Targeted Resource Concerns

- Soil Quality Degradation

- Water Quality Degradation

- Insufficient Water

- Degraded Plant Condition

- Air Quality Impacts

2020 Delaware Conservation Activity Assessment Tools (CAET)

2018 Conservation Activity Assessment Tool (CAET) NIPF* associated (pdf 36 KB)

* NIPF - Non-Industrial Private Forest land

2020 Payment and Other CSP Information


2018 National Enhancement Job Sheets (click to go to National CSP site)

2018  Enhancement Compatibility (xlsx 54 KB)