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Kentucky Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2011

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2011 Ranking Period One Enhancement Activity Job Sheets:

2011 Ranking Period One Enhancement Activity Job Sheets:


Previous News Releases


    USDA NRCS News Release  

    Kentucky News Release  


Introduction - What's New in this Ranking Period?

New Conservation Activities and Job Sheets, new Resource Inventory questions and guidance on using CSP with the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Program (CCPI) are in place to help our customers conserve the Nation's natural resources.  Don't forget to sign up by January 7, 2011 to be considered for the fiscal year's program ranking and funding.

Program Description

Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to 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, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) 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 nonindustrial private forest land. The NRCS will make CSP available nationwide on a continuous application basis.

CSP will focus program impacts on natural resources that are of specific concern for a State, or the specific geographic areas within a 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.


Application Process and Requirements


Are You Eligible for CSP?

        CSP Self-Screening Checklist

Some documents require Acrobat Reader.


Conservation Measurement Tools (CMT) – Please complete these forms and bring them with you to your local NRCS office.



Cropland    (PDF, 62KB)

Forestland - General   (PDF, 15KB)

Forest   (PDF, 30KB)

Ag land - General   (PDF, 14KB)

Pastureland    (PDF, 30KB)

Water    (PDF, 17KB)



    Kentucky’s Ranking Area MAP and Identified Resource Concerns           MAP  (PDF; 570 Kb)  


2011 Ranking Period Conservation Program Activity List and Job Sheets

Download the Conservation Program Activity List (PDF, 98KB), to identify new activities you may be interested in to install or adopt.

Please note:        In Kentucky, only CCR99 Resource-Conserving Crop Rotation will be considered as a Special Project under the Conservation Activity List.

If you have any questions, please contact your local NRCS office.

An "Enhancement" is a conservation activity used to treat natural resources and greatly improve conservation performance.

Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity which exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern.

Enhancements directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard.

A "Bundle" is a group of specific enhancements which when installed as a group, addresses resource concerns synergetically.  

The following links lead to Enhancement Activity Job Sheets. Each Job Sheet is a complete description of the activities summarized the Conservation Program Activity List:

   Kentucky State Specific Enhancement Criteria

   On Farm Research Jobsheet (PDF;  92 KB)

    CSP Payment Information 

    Resource Conservation Crop Rotation Information 




CSP and Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)

The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a voluntary conservation initiative that enables the use of certain conservation programs along with resources of eligible partners to provide additional financial and/or technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands. The document below provides guidance how to use CCPI:

The document below requires Adobe Acrobat Reader:

CSP CCPI Guidance (PDF, 45KB)



Fact Sheets


CSP Fact Sheet   (PDF;  44 KB)



Kentucky Brochure and Poster  


CSP Brochure   (PDF;  3.5 MB) 


CSP Poster   (PDF;  1.5 MB)   8.5 x 11 inch



For More Information:

Please visit the National NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program Web page at

Local Assistance: 

Please contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center. 


State Contact:

Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 859-224-7403