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2016 Archived CSP Information

2016 CSP Information

FY 2016 Ranking Period One Program Documents (2015 documentation will be used for the 2016 general and 2017 renewal applications.)

2016 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist

Download and fill out the 2016 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 178KB)
You don't have to turn it in to NRCS; it's there to help you determine for CSP is right for you. If you have questions regarding the Checklist, please contact your local NRCS office.

CSP Application

Conservation Program Application NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 104KB)

Appendix to Form NRCS-CPA-1202, Conservation Program Contract for CSP (PDF, 104KB)

2016 Ranking Period One 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.

2016 Nebraska and National Enhancement Activity Job Sheets (PDF, 284 KB)
 

2016 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.

Activity List

  • Download and look over the Conservation Program Activity List to identify new activities you may be interested in to install or adopt
  • "Enhancement" means a type of 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.

2016 Ranking Period One Activity List (PDF, 112KB)

Additional Funding Opportunity Through the Ogallala Aquifer Landscape Conservation Initiative

Operations Baseline Data Questions

To initiate the use of the Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT) during the CSP application process, you'll work with NRCS field personnel to define your Operation Baseline Data. The CMT will use this data, in part, to determine the conservation performance for existing and additional conservation activities.

The documents below are copies of the Operation Baseline Data questions, grouped by land use. You can download and review the questions, and begin drafting responses to start the process before you meet with NRCS staff.

Conservation Measurement Tool Inventory (CMT) Questions

As part of the CSP application process, you'll work with NRCS field personnel to complete your resource inventory using a Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT). The CMT determines the conservation performance for existing and additional conservation activities. The documents below are copies of the resource inventory questions, grouped by land use. You can download and review the questions, and begin drafting responses to start resource inventory process before you complete the CMT in your local NRCS office.

Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT) Scoring Process

NRCS will use the CMT to evaluate CSP applications through a point-based system to estimate environmental benefits. The CMT evaluates existing and proposed new activities to calculate conservation performance points which will be used for ranking and payment purposes.

Conservation performance points are programmed in the CMT, along with all controls, filters, and calculations. A scientific validation of CMT is underway and future modifications to these points may be needed.

More Information

CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 618KB)

 Nebraska's CSP Program Benefits Video

Nebraska CSP Success Story (reprinted with permission from Successful Farming magazine.)