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CSP Payments

Participating in the CSP represents a genuine commitment to conservation – CSP contracts are for five years, with the option to renew if you successfully fulfill the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives.

Contract payments are made annually based on the following components:

  • Existing activity payment  - payment to maintain the existing conservation based on the land uses included in the operation and the number of resource concerns that are meeting the stewardship level at the time of application

  • Additional activity payment - payment to implement additional conservation activities

  • Supplemental payment – payment for adopting or improving a resource-conserving crop rotation (optional)

All CSP contracts will have a minimum annual payment of $1,500.  Certain restrictions apply.

Existing Activity Payment

You will be required to maintain the stewardship level of the resource concerns you are already meeting for the 5-year term of the CSP contract.  CSP provides financial assistance for the cost of maintaining the existing conservation systems or practices on your land.

This portion of your annual payment has two parts – a payment of $350 for each resource concern you are already meeting and a per acre payment based on the land use.  The per acre rate varies by land use due to the variation in expense for conservation maintenance.

  • Crop, Pastured Cropland, and Farmstead $7.50 per acre                 

  • Pasture $3.00 per acre

  • Forest and Associated Agricultural Land $0.50 per acre

This portion of your annual payment will remain the same for each year of the CSP contract if there are no changes to the total acres enrolled in the program.

Additional Activity Payment

In addition to maintaining the stewardship level for the resource concerns you are already meeting, the CSP contract requires that you meet or exceed at least one additional resource concern in each land use by the end of the contract.  The second portion of the annual CSP payment will be based on the financial assistance payment rate for the individual enhancements, practices, or bundles implemented to help you achieve this objective.

The payment rate tables for CSP enhancements, practices, and bundles display the payment rate by unit such as per acre, per foot, or each.  Payments for enhancements, practices, or bundles will be based on the actual amount installed or applied.  This portion of your annual payment will vary each year based on the conservation activities applied during the year.

Payment rates vary by state.  Ohio CSP payment schedule

Supplemental Payment

In addition to the existing and additional activity payments, producers who choose to adopt or improve a resource-conserving crop rotation as part of their CSP contract will receive a supplemental payment for these activities.  Supplemental payment rates will be included in the payment rate tables shown above.

Ohio CSP Contact:

Angel Arehart, CSP Manager
614-255-2494