2019 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) General Signup:
Applications for CSP can be submitted at your local field office. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, applications submitted by May 10, 2019 were considered for 2019 funding.
2019 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) - Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Signup:
Applications for RCPP-CSP can be submitted at your local field office. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, applications that are submitted by June 21, 2019 will be considered for 2019 funding.
Applying for CSP
Applications for CSP are accepted on a continuous basis. However, a signed NRCS-CPA-1200 application form, must be submitted to the local field office by close of business May 10, 2019 for 2019 funding consideration.
After submitting an application, the applicant will also receive a copy of the NRCS-CPA-1202 Contract Appendix, explaining CSP contract terms and conditions. Reviewing the contract appendix up front helps the applicant understand the requirements of CSP. In addition, all applicants need to meet eligibility requirements in order to be a CSP participant. Contact your local field office to discuss eligibility criteria.
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 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.
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 water quality
Improved cattle gains per acre
Increased crop yields
Wildlife population improvements
Increased resilience to weather extremes
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 a single 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.
2019 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.
Learn all the nationally available 2019 enhancements by selecting any of the land uses below:
The payment schedule is a list of practices and components used for the CSP and RCPP-CSP programs in Illinois. The list is all-inclusive and contains the practices, components, unit type, and payment rate at which the component is paid. The payment schedule provides many practice and component options. The NRCS planner will select the component that is best suited for the site conditions and applicant’s objective.
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.
The Illinois Supplement to CSP 2018 Enhancements provides additional guidance and criteria for several of the available enhancements. In addition, the Illinois Supplement to CSP 2018 Enhancements provides information about the available resource conserving crop rotations.
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.
Illinois CSP Funding Pools, Associated CAET and Ranking Documents
Statewide Funding Pools
Targeted Resource Concerns
Statewide Ag Lands
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Soil Erosion, Soil Quality
Condition, and Fish and