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2018 Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program. Your Goals. Our Assistance.

Assistance Available to Agricultural Producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program

NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year and agricultural producers should submit applications to their North Dakota USDA service center to ensure they are considered for enrollment.

Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance.

Deirdre-Birmingham-Faces of CSPHave 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.

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

Your CSP

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.

Click on any of the land use images below to view the National CSP enhancements.

Choose your land use for CSP.


CSP Supporting Documents:

Documents Description
The payment schedule is a list of practices, enhancements and bundles used for CSP, RCPP-CSP and CSP-MRBI programs in North Dakota. 

Activity List [PDF]

Enhancements List

Enhancement Details [PDF]

An Activity List is available to identify new activities that applicants can install or adopt.  “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.
Historically Underserved (HU) Producer
Fact Sheet
The term historically underserved producer means an eligible person or legal entity is an Indian Tribe, beginning farmer or rancher, socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher, or limited-resource farmer or rancher.  The fact sheet defines the group to help individuals determine whether or not they qualify as a member of one of these unique groups.

Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool (CAET):  Once your application has been filed the local NRCS conservation planner will have a one-on-one consultation with you to evaluate your current management system and the natural resources on your land using the Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool.  Eligible lands will be identified and the number of resource concerns that are currently meeting and not meeting stewardship thresholds will be determined.  Each applicant must be meeting stewardship threshold for at least two resource concerns on each land use at the time of application.  The applicant must also agree to address one additional resource concern for each land use by the end of the contract to be eligible.

North Dakota CSP Funding Pools, Associated CAET and Ranking Documents

Statewide Funding Pools

Targeted Resource Concerns

Associated CAET

Ranking Documents

Statewide Ag Lands

Stateside Ag Lands -
Beginner Farmer

Statewide Ag Lands -
Socially Disadvantaged











Soil Erosion, Soil Quality
Degradation, Water
Quality Degradation,
Degraded Plant
Condition, and Fish and
Wildlife-Inadequate Habitat
Beginning Farmer
East River
Red River
Socially Disadvantaged
West River










Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF)

- Statewide NIPF

- Statewide NIPF –
   Beginning Farmer

- Statewide NIPF –
   Socially Disadvantaged
Degraded Plant Condition, Fish and Wildlife - Inadequate Habitat, Soil Erosion, Soil Quality Degradation, Water Quality Degradation
State Wide
Beginning Farmer
Socially Disadvantaged
Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI)







Degraded Plant Condition, Fish and Wildlife - Inadequate Habitat, Soil Erosion, Soil Quality Degradation, Water Quality Degradation