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Conservation Stewardship Program

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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.

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Read the release for signup application period dates and requirements for FY19.

Visit our national CSP website here, to learn more about CSP and for additional CSP success stories.

Read how Deirdre Birmingham, a local Wisconsin producer pictured left, successfully partners with NRCS through CSP.

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 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. 

NEW! Conservation Stewardship Program Factsheet (565 KB PDF)

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CSP Enhancements

Enhancements are management activities that go above and beyond the minimum conservation practice standard requirements helping the producer achieve a higher level of conservation. 

Visit our national CSP website here, for additional information about enhancements and enhancement bundles or to download job sheets.

How to Apply

If you are eligible and interested in applying, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office at your local Service Center.

Available Soon

  • Fiscal Year 2019 Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool (AERT) for Non-Industrial Private Forestland (NIPF) 
  • Fiscal Year 2019 Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool (AERT) for Agricultural Land 

Please visit our national CSP website here, for more information about applying for CSP, including an overview of the Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool (CAET).  

Program Contact

Ryan Gerlich, Wisconsin CSP Coordinator
608-662-4422, ext. 227
Email: ryan.gerlich@usda.gov