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2019 Conservation Stewardship Program Signup: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however applications for the current funding period must be received by May 10, 2019.

News Release, March, 21, 2019Agricultural producers, sign up now for the Conservation Stewardship Program

 Salvador Salinas, Texas State Conservationist

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The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. CSP helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation.  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. CSP participants are seeing real results. 

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, as well as food and fiber.

CSP is available on private agricultural and non-industrial forest lands, including tribal land, in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.

Applying for CSP

Applications for CSP are accepted on a continuous basis. A signed NRCS-CPA-1200 application form, must have been submitted to the local field office. After submitting an application, the applicant will also receive a copy of the NRCS-CPA-1202 Contract Appendix, explaining CSP contract terms and conditions. Reviewing the contract appendix up front helps the applicant understand the requirements of CSP.  In addition, all applicants need to meet eligibility requirements in order to be a CSP participant. Contact your local field office to discuss eligibility criteria.

Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool (CAET):  Once your application has been submitted to the local NRCS office. Local NRCS staff will have a one-on-one consultation with you to evaluate your current operation and the natural resources on your land using the Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool or an existing conservation plan.  Eligible lands will be identified and the number of resource concerns that are currently meeting and not meeting stewardship thresholds will be determined.  Each applicant must meet or exceed a stewardship threshold for at least two resource concerns on each land use at the time of application.  The applicant must also agree to meet or exceed at least one additional resource concern for each land use by the end of the contract to be eligible.

Texas Natural Resource Priorities

The priority resource concerns for General and Ogallala Aquifer CSP are Plant Condition, Insufficient Water, Soil Erosion, Soil Quality, and Water Quality  

The priority resource concerns for non-Industrial Private Forestlands and Long Leaf Pine CSP are Plant Condition, Fish and Wildlife -Habitat, Soil Erosion, Soil Quality, and Water Quality.

The priority resource concerns for Lesser Prairie Chicken CSP are Plant Condition, Fish and Wildlife - Habitat, Livestock Production Limitations, Soil Erosion, and Water Quality.

For more CSP information visit the National CSP web page.
For assistance in developing a Stewardship Plan contact your local field office.