The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is for producers who want to take their conservation efforts to the next level. Most CSP applicants have already been applying conservation practices to their land. Through CSP, they have the opportunity to give those practices a boost with conservation activities called "enhancements." Enhancements take conservation practices to a higher level of stewardship. CSP applicants work on-one-one with their NRCS conservation planner to select enhancements that best fit their management goals and that will address resource concerns on the enrolled operation.
Through CSP, producers can choose from over 200 enhancements to address resource concerns on their operation. Conservation practice standards and quality criteria for resource concerns can be found in sections II and III of the Field Office Technical Guide.
CSP FY2021 Conservation Enhancement Activity
E328C Conservation crop rotation on recently converted CRP grass/legume cover
E528P Implementing Bale or Swath Grazing to increase organic matter and reduce nutrients in surface water
E590A Improving nutrient uptake efficiency and reducing risk of nutrient losses
E595B Reduce risk of pesticides in surface water and air by utilizing IPM PAMS techniques
E449A Complete pumping plant evaluation for water savings
CSP applicants that want to take their conservation efforts even further may consider "bundles" of enhancement activities. Some enhancements work together to provide increased conservation benefits when they are implemented as a group. Producers may consider adopting these enhancement groups or "bundles" on their operation.
Each bundle has three or more required enhancements, and for some bundles, the applicant has the option to pick additional enhancements from a select list that addresses specific resource concerns.
Bundles have enhancements grouped according to land use - crop, pasture, range and forest. Bundles receive a higher level of financial assistance to encourage the holistic approach to generate additional conservation benefits.
Click any of the links below to view the bundle(s) associated with each land use:
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