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Conservation Stewardship Program

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FY 2021 CSP Classic Sign-up ends March 31, 2021. While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by March 31, 2021, to ensure their applications are considered for funding.

FY 2022 CSP renewal for existing contracts expiring December 31, 2021, sign-up ends March 31, 2021. NRCS will mail contract renewal notification letters to all participants whose contracts expire in 2021, which will contain instructions on how to apply for renewal.


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.

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

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 have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.

Some of the 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 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 CSP enhancements.

Choose your land use for CSP.

For information on available activities in Louisiana, see the Activity List for Participants in Louisiana. For detailed information on implementation criteria and documentation requirements of specific enhancements, please visit the National CSP website where complete list of enhancements and the criteria for implementation may be found.

Conservation Stewardship Program Application Materials

Louisiana Ranking Pools

  • Ag Lands
    • Lower Delta-General
    • Lower Delta-Beginning Farmer
    • Lower Delta-Socially Disadvantaged
    • Plains-General
    • Plains-Beginning Farmer
    • Plains-Socially Disadvantaged
    • Prairie-General
    • Prairie-Beginning Farmer
    • Prairie-Socially Disadvantaged
    • Upper Delta-General
    • Upper Delta-Beginning Farmer
    • Upper Delta-Socially Disadvantaged
    • MRBI-General
    • MRBI-Beginning Farmer
    • MRBI Delta-Socially Disadvantaged

Targeted Resource Concerns

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


Andrea Harris
State Program Specialist
Phone: 318-473-7713