Conservation Stewardship Program
Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance.
Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? 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.
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.
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 that have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.
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.
Enhancements are management activities that go above and beyond the minimum conservation practice standard requirements helping the producer achieve a higher level of conservation.
National CSP Web Page
2017 CSP Activity List and Payment Amounts
2017 CSP Activity List for Participants
Conservation Application Evaluation Tools
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Agricultural Land - Associated Ag Land
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Agricultural Land - Annual Cropland
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Agricultural Land - Perennial Cropland
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Agricultural Land - Farmstead
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Agricultural Land - Pasture
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Forest Land - Associated Ag Land
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Forest Land - Farmstead
2017 Conservation Application Evaluation Tool for Forest Land - Forestland
New! 2017 CSP Sign-Up
NRCS accepts applications for CSP on a continuous basis throughout the year. We announce signup cutoff deadlines as funds become available. The next application deadline for funding consideration is February 3, 2017. Contact your local NRCS field office for more information.
Application Evaluation and Ranking Tools
Ag Land Beginning Farmer Ranking Tool
Ag Land General Ranking Tool
Ag Land Socially Disadvantaged Ranking Tool
Non Industrial Private Forest Land Beginning Farmer Ranking Tool
Non Industrial Private Forest Land General Ranking Tool
Non Industrial Private Forest Land Socially Disadvantaged Ranking Tool