Application Deadline to be considered for 2021 CSP cutoff is March 26, 2021.
NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year and the 2021-1 application cutoff date is March 26, 2021. Agriculture/Forestry producers should submit an application to Minnesota USDA service centers to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2021.
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land. CSP is a working lands program that helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.
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, as well as food and fiber. Eligible lands include cropland, pasture lands, rangeland, farmsteads, and non-industrial private forest lands. It includes agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.
CSP encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by adopting additional activities while improving or maintaining existing activities. NRCS will make CSP available nationwide on a continuous application basis with periodic application cut-off dates for ranking periods.
Minnesota Conservation Stewardship Program Ranking Pools
The State Conservationist, in consultation with the State Technical Committee and local work groups, will focus program impacts on natural resources that are of specific concern for a State, or the specific geographic areas within a State. Applications will be evaluated relative to other applications addressing similar priority resource concerns to facilitate a competitive ranking process among applicants within a State who face similar resource challenges.
For CSP, agricultural land (cropland and/or pastureland) compete separately from nonindustrial private forestland applications (NIPF). Agricultural land applications are ranked and compete against other agricultural land applications within the same agricultural land geographic region. NIPF are ranked and compete against other NIPF applications within the same NIPF geographic region.