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Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program. Your Goals. Our Assistance.

 

Application deadline for new 2018 CSP contracts: March 2, 2018

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.

Sustainable Production

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 that have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.

CSP participants are seeing real results.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved cattle gains per acre
  • Increased crop yields
  • Decreased inputs
  • Wildlife population improvements
  • Better resilience to weather extremes

Through CSP, we can help you 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.

CSP Enhancements

Enhancements are management activities that go above and beyond the minimum conservation practice standard requirements helping the producer achieve a higher level of conservation. 

2018 Maryland CSP Activity List

2018 Maryland RCPP-CSP Activity List

2018 Full CSP Activity List

CSP Enhancements by Land Use

2017 Program Information
2016 Program Information
2015 Program Information

2014 Program Information

Contact

NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning CSP eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.

Program Contacts

Amy Albright
Acting Farm Bill Program Specialist (AMA, CSP, RCPP)
Phone: 410.482.2916
Email: amy.albright@md.usda.gov