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Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural producers to improve conservation systems by improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities and undertaking additional conservation activities. The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this program and provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers. CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forestland (NIPF) on a continuous application basis.

2019 CSP Application Deadline is May 10, 2019. 

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(More information is available on the National CSP Site)

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Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land.   CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian tribes that meet the stewardship threshold for at least two priority resource concerns when they apply. They must also agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the contract.
Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract. Contracts include all eligible land in the agricultural operation.

Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

North Carolina Specific Documents


The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners through our programs, such as conservation programs, that also support RCPP approved partner projects. Learn More about RCPP and RCPP projects on our RCPP website.

Conservation Activity Evaluation Tools for Each Ranking Pool (Coming Soon!)

Ag Land Crop (Annual, Mixed) Ag Land Crop (Perennial)
Ag Land Associated (Ag Land) Ag Land (Farmstead)
Ag Land (Pasture) Longleaf Pine Initiative - Associated Ag Land
Longleaf Pine Initiative - Farmstead Longleaf Pine Initiative - Forest
National Industrial Private Forest Land (Associated Ag Land) National Industrial Private Forest Land (Farmstead)
National Industrial Private Forest Land (Forest)  

How To Apply

Visit your local USDA Service Center visit

Download NRCS conservation program application (PDF, 267KB)

More Information

2014 CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 618KB)

2018 CSP Fact Sheet (Coming Soon) 

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit

Summary of changes to CSP in the Interim Final Rule


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