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The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is the largest conservation program in the United States. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, rotational grazing, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land. Crop producers, ranchers, dairy farmers, forest landowners, poultry producers, organic farmers, and specialty crop farmers all participate in the program. It is delivering real results on the ground and for the nations natural resources.

CSP participants voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operations - providing food, fiber, and energy. Participants enroll their entire ag operation in the program under a 5-year contract, with the option to renew for another 5 years. NRCS helps producers maintain or improve the existing conservation activities on their operations and adopt new ones. The program offers greater incentives for producers who want to kick their conservation up a notch with bundles of enhancements with higher payment rates.

National Payment Schedules

Application Deadline for FY2022 CSP Classic is March 31, 2022
Eligibility Deadline for FY2022 CSP Classic is April 24, 2022

Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local USDA NRCS Service Center by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the ranking period of 2021.  Note: Applications can be submitted at any time to be considered in the next available cut-off period.

  • Ranking Criteria
    • CSP 2022 Agricultural Land Classic Ranking Pool (261 KB)
    • CSP 2022 Agricultural Land Classic BFR Ranking Pool (263 KB)
    • CSP 2022 Agricultural Land Classic SDFR Ranking Pool (262 KB)
    • CSP 2022 Agricultural Land Classic Organic Ranking Pool (261 KB)
    • CSP 2022 NIPF Classic Ranking Pool (194 KB)
    • CSP 2022 NIPF Classic BFR Ranking Pool (195 KB)
    • CSP 2022 NIPF Classic SDFR Ranking Pool (195 KB)

Priority Resource Concerns for Classic - FY2022

Subaccounts:
Agricultural land-Renewal, Agricultural land-Renewal BFR, Agricultural land-Renewal-SDFR, Agricultural land -Renewal-Organic (See Note)
  Resource Concern Category Resource Concern Resource Concern Component
  Concentrated Erosion Ephemeral gully erosion Ephemeral gully erosion
Classic gully erosion Classic gully erosion
Bank erosion from streams, shorelines or water conveyance channels Bank erosion from streams, shorelines or water conveyance channels
 
       Degraded Plant Condition Plant productivity and health Plant productivity and health.
Plant structure and composition Plant structure and composition.
 
  Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss Nutrients transported to groundwater Nonpoint nitrogen leaching loss.
Nonpoint phosphorus leaching loss.
Nutrients transported to surface water Nonpoint nitrogen surface loss.
Nonpoint phosphorus surface loss.
Pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to groundwater Nonpoint pathogen loss to groundwater.
Pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to surface water Nonpoint pathogen surface loss.
Sediment transported to surface water Sediment from erosion sources.
 
  Livestock Production Limitation Feed and forage balance Feed and forage balance
Inadequate livestock shelter Inadequate livestock shelter
Inadequate livestock water quantity, quality and distribution Inadequate livestock water quantity, quality and distribution
 
  Pest Pressure Plant pest pressure Chemical resistance.
Invasive species.
Plant pest pressure.
 
  Soil Quality Limitations Aggregate instability Aggregate instability.
Compaction Compaction.
Concentration of salts or other chemicals Concentration of salts or other chemicals.
Organic matter depletion Organic matter depletion.
Soil organism habitat loss or degradation Soil organism habitat loss or degradation.
Subsidence Subsidence
 
  Terrestrial Habitat Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates.
 
  Wind and Water Erosion Sheet and rill erosion Sheet and rill erosion.
Wind erosion Wind erosion.
Subaccounts:
NIPF-Renewal, NIPF-Renewal-BFR, NIPF-Renewal-SDFR (See Note)
  Resource Concern Category Resource Concern Resource Concern Component
  Concentrated Erosion Classic gully erosion

 Classic gully erosion

Bank erosion from streams, shorelines or water conveyance channels Bank erosion from streams, shorelines or water conveyance channels
 
       Degraded Plant Condition Plant productivity and health Plant productivity and health.
Plant structure and composition Plant structure and composition.
 
  Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss Nutrients transported to groundwater Nonpoint nitrogen leaching loss.
Nonpoint phosphorus leaching loss.
Nutrients transported to surface water Nonpoint nitrogen surface loss.
Nonpoint phosphorus surface loss.
Pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to groundwater Nonpoint pathogen loss to groundwater.
Pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to surface water Nonpoint pathogen surface loss.
Sediment transported to surface water Sediment from erosion sources.
 
  Fire Management Wildfire hazard from biomass accumulation Wildfire hazard from biomass accumulation
 
  Pest Pressure Plant pest pressure Chemical resistance.
Invasive species.
Plant pest pressure.
 
  Soil Quality Limitations Aggregate instability Aggregate instability.
Compaction Compaction.
Concentration of salts or other chemicals Concentration of salts or other chemicals.
Organic matter depletion Organic matter depletion.
Soil organism habitat loss or degradation Soil organism habitat loss or degradation.
Subsidence Subsidence
 
  Terrestrial Habitat Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates.
 
  Wind and Water Erosion Sheet and rill erosion Sheet and rill erosion.
Wind erosion Wind erosion.

Note: NIPF-Nonindustrial Private Forestland; BFR-Beginning Farmer and Rancher; SDFR-Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher

Application Deadline for FY2023 CSP Renewals is April 15, 2022

Producers interested in renewing their CSP contracts should submit applications to their local USDA NRCS Service Center by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the ranking period of 2021.

Priority Resource Concerns for Renewals - FY2022

Subaccounts:
Agricultural land-Renewal, Agricultural land-Renewal BFR, Agricultural land-Renewal-SDFR, Agricultural land -Renewal-Organic (See Note)
  Resource Concern Category Resource Concern Resource Concern Component
       Degraded Plant Condition Plant productivity and health Plant productivity and health.
Plant structure and composition Plant structure and composition.
 
  Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss Nutrients transported to groundwater Nonpoint nitrogen leaching loss.
Nonpoint phosphorus leaching loss.
Nutrients transported to surface water Nonpoint nitrogen surface loss.
Nonpoint phosphorus surface loss.
Pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to groundwater Nonpoint pathogen loss to groundwater.
Pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to surface water Nonpoint pathogen surface loss.
Sediment transported to surface water Sediment from erosion sources.
 
  Soil Quality Limitations Aggregate instability Aggregate instability.
Compaction Compaction.
Concentration of salts or other chemicals Concentration of salts or other chemicals.
Organic matter depletion Organic matter depletion.
Soil organism habitat loss or degradation Soil organism habitat loss or degradation.
Subsidence Subsidence
 
  Terrestrial Habitat Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates.
 
  Wind and Water Erosion Sheet and rill erosion Sheet and rill erosion.
Wind erosion Wind erosion.
Subaccounts:
NIPF-Renewal, NIPF-Renewal-BFR, NIPF-Renewal-SDFR (See Note)
  Resource Concern Category Resource Concern Resource Concern Component
       Degraded Plant Condition Plant productivity and health Plant productivity and health.
Plant structure and composition Plant structure and composition.
 
  Pest Pressure Plant pest pressure Chemical resistance.
Invasive species.
Plant pest pressure.
 
  Soil Quality Limitations Aggregate instability Aggregate instability.
Compaction Compaction.
Concentration of salts or other chemicals Concentration of salts or other chemicals.
Organic matter depletion Organic matter depletion.
Soil organism habitat loss or degradation Soil organism habitat loss or degradation.
Subsidence Subsidence
 
  Terrestrial Habitat Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates.
 
  Wind and Water Erosion Sheet and rill erosion Sheet and rill erosion.
Wind erosion Wind erosion.

Note: NIPF-Nonindustrial Private Forestland; BFR-Beginning Farmer and Rancher; SDFR-Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher

Additional Information

NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program National Website