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2012 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

The ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2012-1 ended on January 27, 2012. NRCS accepts applications for CSP on a continuous basis. Applications made now will be considered in the next ranking period.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland. Eligible applications receive a field visit and a ranking score.  Applicants selected for funding will enter into 5-year contracts and may receive up to $40,000 per year.

CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.

Montana Priority Resource Concerns for CSP

  • Water Quality
  • Soil Quality
  • Soil Erosion
  • Animals
  • Plants

2012-01 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-up

Montana CSP 2012-01 Geographic Areas

Geographic Areas in Montana were designated with input from the State Technical Advisory Committee. These areas have been designated because they have similar resource concerns and will allow applicants to be considered and evaluated with applicants that have similar land uses and resource concerns.

There are 13 Montana Geographic Areas for CSP 2012-01:
  • Bozeman
  • Great Falls Eastern Plain
  • Great Falls Golden Triangle
  • Great Falls Rocky Mountains
  • Miles City Central
  • Miles City North
  • Miles City South
  • Missoula
  The following areas include all Montana counties:
  • Montana Nonindustrial Private Forest Land (NIPF)
  • Montana NIPF Socially Disadvantaged
  • Montana NIPF Beginning Farmer
  • Montana Socially Disadvantaged
  • Montana Beginning Farmer

Map showing CSP 2011-01 areas







See the Montana CSP 2012-01 Geographic Area Map for a larger map and list of counties within each CSP 2012-01 area.

Application Materials and Announcements

See the national NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program Web page for the following:

  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Final Rule (June 3, 2010)
  • New CSP Fact Sheet
  • Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist
  • Conservation Stewardship Program Activity List (Note: Not all enhancement activities will be promoted in Montana. See Montana-Specific Information on this Web page.)
  • National Enhancement Activity Job Sheets (Note: Not all enhancements will be promoted in Montana. See Montana-Specific Information on this Web page.)
  • Operation Baseline Data Questions (Note: See Operation Baseline Data Questions in Montana-Specific Information)
  • Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT) Inventory Questions (Note: See CMT Workbooks in Montana-Specific Information)

Application forms and further program information are also available at your local Service Center.

Montana-Specific Information

Prior-Year Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Montana Archives

Conservation Security Program (CSP) Montana Archives

For More Information

For more information and updates about CSP, please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site, the national NRCS Web site, or contact one of the Montana NRCS personnel listed below.

Montana Program Contacts

Dennis Dellwo, Program Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6748
Email: Dennis.Dellwo

Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Tim.Ouellette