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Conservation Stewardship Program

The 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 resiliency, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you identify natural resource problems in your operation and provide technical and financial assistance to solve those problems or attain higher stewardship levels in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. For example, we can look at ways to address the amount of soil lost; mitigate the impact of excess water; reduce the contribution of agricultural operations to airborne soil particles and greenhouse gas emissions; improve the cover, food, and water available for domestic and wildlife species; or promote energy efficiencies for on-farm activities. 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.

Benefits

CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States. Thousands of people 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:

  • Enhanced resiliency to weather and market volatility
  • Decreased need for agricultural inputs
  • Improved wildlife habitat conditions

New CSP Grasslands Conservation Initiative

This new initiative assists producers in protecting grazing land uses; conserving and improving soil, water and wildlife resources; and achieving related conservation values by conserving eligible land through grassland conservation contracts. Eligible lands are limited to cropland for which base acres have been maintained under FSA’s ARC/PLC and were planted to grass or pasture, including idle or fallow, during a specific period. Enrolled acreage must be managed consistently with a grassland conservation plan. Producers will have a single opportunity to enroll eligible land in a five-year contract.

Information on submitting an application can be found here.

Wyoming sub-accounts for General Sign-up and Landscape Conservation Initiatives

  • Agricultural Land: Offered statewide. Land uses: Cropland, Pasture, Rangeland, Associated Ag Land, and Farmstead
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland: Offered statewide. Land uses: Forest, Associated Ag Land, and Farmstead
  • Landscape Conservation Initiative – Working Lands for Wildlife – SGI: Offered statewide. Land uses: Cropland, Pasture, Rangeland, Associated Ag Land, and Farmstead.
  • Organic: Offered statewide. Land uses: Cropland, Pasture, Rangeland, Associated Ag Land, and Farmstead.

In addition, the program provides opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged producers. Nationally, the program aims to enroll at least five percent of total program acres operated by beginning farmers and ranchers and another five percent operated by socially disadvantaged producers. Beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged producers will have a separate statewide funding pool. For additional information, visit the Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers website.

Ranking Pool

Targeted Resource Concern Categories

Agricultural Land:

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Livestock Production Limitation
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Source Water Protection
  • Wind & Water Erosion
  • Pest Pressure
  • Concentrated Erosion
  • Soil Quality Limitations

Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF):

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Livestock Production Limitation
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Source Water Protection
  • Wind & Water Erosion
  • Pest Pressure
  • Concentrated Erosion
  • Soil Quality Limitations

Landscape Conservation Initiative - Working Lands for Wildlife - Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI):

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Livestock Production Limitation
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Source Water Protection
  • Wind & Water Erosion
  • Pest Pressure
  • Concentrated Erosion
  • Soil Quality Limitations

Organic:

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Livestock Production Limitation
  • Terrestrial Habitat
  • Source Water Protection
  • Wind & Water Erosion
  • Pest Pressure
  • Concentrated Erosion
  • Soil Quality Limitations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landscape Conservation Initiative (LCI) - Working Lands for Wildlife - Sage Grouse Initiative:  The CSP WLFW SGI option encourages agricultural producers to address targeted resource concerns for sage grouse in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

CSP Conservation Activities

The following conservation activities are offered for CSP.

  • Enhancements: Enhancements are conservation activities used to treat resource concerns and improve conservation performance. Enhancements address additional considerations or criteria that exceed the minimum requirements of the associated base conservation practice. Enhancement criteria and implementation requirements are provided in enhancement guide sheets.
  • Bundles: Bundles are land use specific and consist of at least three enhancements, for which implementation as a group improves conservation performance and addresses multiple resource concerns in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner.
  • Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR): A rotation that includes at least one resource conserving crop that reduces erosion improves soil fertility and tilth, interrupts pest cycles, builds soil organic matter, reduces depletion of soil moisture or other reduces the need for irrigation in applicable area and may provide protection and habitat for pollinators. For a list of Resource Conserving Crops in Wyoming click here for Conservation Enhancement Activity E328A and E328B.
  • Advanced Grazing Management (AGM): The use of a combination of grazing conservation activities, as determined by NRCS, which may include management-intensive grazing, that provide for improved soil health and carbon sequestration, drought resilience, wildlife habitat (including pollinator habitat), wildfire mitigation, control of invasive plants, and water quality improvement. Click here (AGM January 2020) to view the activity guide sheet for AGM requirements.

COMING SOON - List of available CSP Conservation Activities.

Ranking Criteria for NRCS Programs

CSP Payment Rates
Click here to view the payment rates for CSP.

For more information, go to the National CSP website by clicking here.

Contact:
Tim Kellogg, Acting ASTC-Programs 307-696-4446