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Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program - Your Goals. Our Assistance.


CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in. Thousands of people that have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.

Applications must be received by May 10, 2019, to be considered for 2019 funding. However, applications for CSP are accepted year round.  For more information please visit the NRCS National CSP Site.

Benefits

Our Conservation Stewardship Program helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. 

Program participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources. Program participants are seeing:

  • Improved cattle gains per acre;
  • Increased crop yields;
  • Decreased inputs;
  • Wildlife population improvements; and
  • Better resilience to weather extremes.

Eligibility

The Conservation Stewardship Program is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or crops produced, in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas.

Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations, or Indian tribes. They must:

  • Be the operator on record in the USDA farm records management system for the eligible land being offered for enrollment;
  • Have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract;
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions of 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 12 and adjusted gross income provisions of 7 CFR part 1400; and
  • Include the eligible land in their entire agricultural or forestry operation.

Stewardship eligibility is determined using the Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool (CAET) templates: 

CSP Payments

Participating in the program represents a genuine commitment to conservation. Contracts are for five years with the option to renew if you successfully fulfill the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. 

Agricultural producers or forest landowners with existing contracts scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2018, and who wish to renew for an additional five-year term must submit an application indicating their intent to renew to their local NRCS office prior to the national application deadline of April 13, 2018.

NRCS CPA 1248, Contract Renewal Offer Worksheet (PDF, 173KB)

How to Apply

If you're ready to take your conservation efforts to the next level we are here to help.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, but specific deadlines are set for ranking and funding opportunities. To be considered for 2019 funding, applications must be received by March 10, 2019.

For more information please visit the NRCS National CSP Site.

Fund Pools

The following fund pools will be offered within each state geographic area:

  • Agricultural Lands-General
  • Agricultural Lands-Socially Disadvantaged
  • Agricultural Lands-Beginning Farmer
  • Non-Industrial Private Forest-General
  • Non-Industrial Private Forest-Socially Disadvantaged
  • Non-Industrial Private Forest-Beginning Farmer

Ranking Criteria

For more information please visit the NRCS National CSP Site.

Targeted Resource Concerns

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

Helpful Links:

More Information:

Find a local USDA Service Center.

Utah Conservation Stewardship Program contacts:

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