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Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program. Your Goals. Our Assistance.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.

Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

New CSP-General applications must be received by April 1, 2022 to be considered for this funding period.  The application cutoff date for 2023 CSP renewals is March 31, 2022. Contact your local USDA Service Center for more information.

CSP participants are seeing real results.  Some of these 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 you 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. 

2021 Maryland CSP Activity List

2022 Maryland CSP Activity List - Coming Soon

2022 Maryland CSP Cost List

CSP Enhancements by Land Use

Resource Conserving Crop Rotation List


NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning CSP eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.

Program Contact

Jordan Bailey
Farm Bill Program Specialist (AMA, CSP, RCPP)
Phone: 410-913-0264