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Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program. Your Goals. Our Assistance.


Have you ever looked across your property and thought about land management goals you would like to take to the next level?

Maybe we can help.

Our Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is for working lands. 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.

Most of the agriculture producers participating in CSP have already been implementing conservation practices on their land. CSP offers enhancements for those practices. For example, if you have been practicing prescribed grazing, CSP would give you options to enhance that practice with activities that improve plants for wildlife or reduce soil compaction. 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.

If you decide to enroll in CSP, your local NRCS conservation planner will consult with you to evaluate your operation, the natural resources on your land and your eligibility to participate. Then the NRCS conservation planner will present a variety of CSP enhancement options for you to consider.

Once you choose enhancements that best meet your operation, CSP offers annual incentive payments for installing these practices on your land. If you want to take it even a step further, CSP also offers bundles, where you can select a suite of enhancements to implement and receive an even higher payment rate. All CSP contracts will have a minimum annual payment of $1,500.

Contract payments are based on two components:

  • payments to maintain the existing conservation based on the operation type and number of resource concerns that are meeting the stewardship level at the time of application and,
  • payments to implement additional conservation activities.

You will be required to maintain the stewardship level of the resource concerns you are already meeting plus meet or exceed at least one additional resource concern in each land use by the end of the contract. Natural resource concerns are erosion, soil quality, water quality and quantity, plant health and wildlife habitat. Cropland, forestland, pastureland and rangeland comprise the major land uses. If the objectives of the initial CSP contract are achieved, you may be eligible to re-enroll for an additional five year contract if you agree to adopt additional conservation activities to meet or exceed two additional priority resource concerns.

CSP for:

Soil Health

Choose your land use for CSP.



For more information visit the national CSP website. Visit your local NRCS field
to apply.

2017 CSP Cost List

Program Contact
Nathan Fikkert, conservation programs specialist, 352-338-9539.