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Conservation Stewardship Program

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Your Stewardship Goals - Our Assistance

As a land owner, if you looked at your property and thought about land management techniques and goals, 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.
Cows grazing
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, increases 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
  • Improved Soil Health
  • Increased Crop Yields
  • Improved Water Quality
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvements
  • Increased Forestry Production
  • Improved Air Quality

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.

How Does CSP Work
Most agricultural and forestry producers that are approved to participate in CSP have already been implementing conservation practices on their land. CSP offers more than 200 enhancements for those practices. For example, if you have been practicing prescribed grazing, CSP would give you options to enhance that practice with activities such as grazing management to improve plants for wildlife, or grazing management to reduce soil compaction, or grazing management to improve riparian function, just to name a few.
If you decide to enroll in CSP, 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 agricultural or forestry operation. Then the NRCS conservation planner will determine if current activities on your agricultural or forestry operation meets stewardship eligibility and will assist you in identifying additional enhancements to consider based on your existing conservation practices.

Once you choose the enhancements that best fit your operation, CSP offers annual incentive payments for installing these activities 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.
Once your operation has been evaluated, is found eligible for CSP, and you have chosen the conservation activities you will adopt, your application will be ranked to determine how well your current and future management system will address national, state, and local natural resource priorities.  Your application will be rated against other eligible applications that have similar resource challenges in the same local funding pool, with the highest scoring applications receiving contract offers first.
In addition, CSP provides opportunities for beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged producers. In Ohio, beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged producers will have a separate funding pool.
How to Apply
Applicants interested in the program should view your CSP Fact Sheets. (Listed Below)
Applicants should complete an application (Below) and apply at your local USDA Service Center.
YOUR CSP Fact Sheets

CSP Applications

CSP Conservation Program Application (English) (PDF)

NRCS-CPA 1200 Application

NRCS-CPA-1200B Instructions for Application

NRCS-CPA-1200C Continuation for Application


Translations of NRCS-CPA-1200 and EQIP-CIC Program

NRCS-CPA-1200 Chinese

NRCS-CPA-1200B Chinese

NRCS-CPA-1200 C Continuation Chinese

NRCS-CPA-1200 Hmong

NRCS-CPA-1200B Hmong

NRCS-CPA-1200 C Continuation Hmong

NRCS-CPA-1200 Spanish

NRCS-CPA-1200B Spanish

NRCS-CPA-1200 C Continuation Spanish


Conservation Stewardship Program Planning Materials

Jason Keenan, Acting Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
601.863.3927 ext. 3927


CSP Program Manager
601.863.3921 ext.3921


For further information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Service Center.