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Nebraska Conservation Stewardship Program






Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance.

Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help.

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.

How It Works

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 resiliency, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you identify natural resource problems in your operation and provide technical and financial assistance to solve those problems or attain higher stewardship levels in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. For example, we can look at ways to address the amount of soil lost; mitigate the impact of excess water; reduce the contribution of agricultural operations to airborne soil particles and greenhouse gas emissions; improve the cover, food, and water available for domestic and wildlife species; or promote energy efficiencies for on-farm activities. 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.

But don't just take our word for it. Hear directly from landowners participating in the Conservation Stewardship Program on their farms and ranches. This storymap compiled by our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs gives people participating in CSP the opportunity to share their stories, including THIS STORY about Graham Christensen, a fifth-generation farmer in Lyons, Neb., who was looking for assistance to take his conservation efforts to the next level and found his answer via CSP. THIS STORY shares how CSP can be used to do some pretty unique conservation practices to impact wildlife.

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


Some of the 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 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.

Accepting Applications

CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. CSP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.

To apply for CSP contact your local service center

To learn more about how to apply.

Fiscal Year 2022 Nebraska

2022 CSP Activity List (PDF)

2022 CSP Enhancement Job Sheets


Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land. CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian tribes.

Applicants must:  

  • Include all agricultural or private forest land in your operation that you will have effective control of for the 5 year term of the CSP contract.
  • Farm records must be established with the Farm Service Agency for these lands for your application to be evaluated meeting all HEL and Wetland conservation requirements.
  • Be prepared to provide maps that identify all land in your operation to a NRCS representative.  The maps will help you and NRCS determine the land that is eligible for enrollment, payment, and if you have one or more operations to offer for enrollment.
  • Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply. 

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Plus state-wide pools:

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR)

  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher (SDFR)

  • Organic Producer

  • Non-industrial Private Forestland (NIPF)

    • NIPF General

    • NIPF BFR


Agricultural Land Targeted Resource Concerns:

  • Livestock Production Limitation

  • Field Sediment, Nutrient, and Pathogen Loss

  • Source Water Depletion

  • Terrestrial Habitat

  • Wind and Water Erosion

  • Degraded Plant Condition

  • Pest Pressure

  • Soil Quality Limitation

  • Concentrated Erosion

Non Industrial Private Forest Land - Available Statewide:

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Fire Management
  • Pest Pressure
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Concentrated Erosion
  • Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss

  • Concentrated Erosion

  • Wind and Water Erosion

Organic - Available Statewide:

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Pest Pressure
  • Field Pesticide Loss
  • Soil Quality Limitation
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Livestock Production Limitation

  • Soil Quality Limitation

  • Wind and Water Erosion

Resource Concern Categories:

  • Air Quality Emissions  
  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Fire Management 
  • Pest Pressure
  • Inefficient Energy Use 
  • Livestock Production Limitation
  • Aquatic Habitat 
  • Field Pesticide Loss
  • Field, Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss
  • Salt Losses to Water 
  • Storage and Handling of Pollutants
  • Soil Quality Limitation 
  • Source Water Depletion
  • Terrestrial Habitat 
  • Weather Resilience
  • Concentrated Erosion 
  • Wind and Water Erosion

 Learn more about CSP Payments 

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.

Click on the banner below for criteria for each enhancement.

CSP Enhancements





For detailed information on implementation criteria and documentation requirements of specific enhancements, please visit the National CSP website where complete list of enhancements and the criteria for implementation may be found.

Nebraska CSP 2022 Cost List

Nebraska 2022 Practice Scenario document

New CSP Grasslands Conservation Initiative

This new initiative will assist producers in protecting grazing land uses; conserving and improving soil, water and wildlife resources; and achieving related conservation values by conserving eligible land through grassland conservation contracts.

Eligible producers will have an opportunity to enroll in a five-year contract. By signing the contract, producers agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for one priority resource concern by the end of the five-year contract. NRCS will make payments for the initiative at a rate of $18 per acre each year not to exceed the base acres enrolled in a contract.  USDA will notify producers who are eligible to enroll.


John Mayberger
CSP Program Manager
Phone: (402) 437-4129

For further information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.

More Information

CSP "Building Better Outcomes" Fact Sheet

CSP Overview Fact Sheet

Nebraska's CSP Program Benefits Video

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

CSP Helps Sandhills Ranch Thrive (reprinted with permission from The Center for Rural Affairs.)

Nebraska CSP results:

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CSP Archived Information:

2021 CSP Archived Information
2019-2020 CSP Archived Information
2018 CSP Archived Information
2017 CSP Archived Information
2016 CSP Archived Information
2015 CSP Archived Information
2014 CSP Archived Information