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2013 Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking new conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. More information about the program can be found at the National CSP website.


Ranking Period One Activity List

Nebraska's Ranking Period Areas and Resource Priorities

The CSP sign up is available statewide.  Nebraska has been divided into five CSP Ranking Areas.  (Click on the map for a full-screen view of the ranking areas.)


Area 1 Resource Priorities:

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

Area 2 Resource Priorities:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Soil Quality

Area 3 Resource Priorities:

  • Water Quality
  • Water Quantity
  • Animals
  • Soil Quality

Area 4 Resource Priorities:

  • Soil Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Animals
  • Soil Erosion
Area 5 Resource Priorities:
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Soil Quality
  • Water Quantity


2013 Enhancement Activity Job Sheets

"Enhancement" means a type of conservation activity used to treat natural resources and improve conservation performance. Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity that exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern, and those directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard. 

More information regarding the enhancements can be found by clicking here.

Air Quality
Soil Erosion
Soil Quality
Water Quality
Water Quantity
Special Projects

2013 Ranking Period 1 Supplemental Payment

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A Perennial Grass;
A legume grown for use as forage, seed for planting, or green manure;
A legume-grass mixture;
A small grain grown in combination with a grass or legume green manure crop whether interseeded or planted in rotation.

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On-Farm Pilot Projects
  Project 1:  Bale Grazing as a Tool to Reduce Nutrient Loss from Feed Fed & Efficiently                        
                  Capture Nutrients for Subsequent Forage Production
  Project 2:  Forage Combinations for Fall, Winter & Spring Grazing Following Irrigated Wheat             
  Project 3:  Windrow Grazing as a Tool to Reduce Energy Consumption & Boost Soil Fertility

On-Farm Research & Demonstration Projects

  Demonstration 1:  Cover Crop Mixtures for partial Summer Fallow Replacement
                             on Wheat/Fallow Rotations
  Demonstration 3:  Evaluation of Cover Crop Mixture for Nitrogen Production,
                             Nutrient Cycling and Mitigating Compaction
  Demonstration 4:  Strategic Use of Raw or Composted Feedlot Manure as a Soil Amendment
  Demonstration 5:  Evaluation of Sulfur Application for Corn
  Demonstration 6:  UNL Recommended N Rate Versus a Higher and Lower Rate for Corn Production
  Demonstration 7:  Varying N Rate According to Variation in Past Yield

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Other Information

Nebraska CSP results
   - CSP total acres
   - CSP total contracts
   - CSP total annual payments


CSP Archived Information

2012 CSP Archived Information
2011 CSP Archived Information
2010 CSP Archived Information

2009 CSP Archived Information


John Mayberger, NRCS Program Manager
(402) 437-4129

Date Modified 05/30/2013