Application Deadline for 2022 CSP funding is February 4, 2022*
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.
How to Apply
Contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office at the USDA Centerfor your county.
Minnesota Conservation Stewardship Program Ranking Pools
The State Conservationist, in consultation with the State Technical Advisory 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.
The 2022 deadline of February 4 is for both CSP Classic and CSP Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) - West Indian Creek.
*NRCS accepts applications for its conservation programs year-round. NRCS sets state-specific, ranking dates to evaluate applications for funding that account for producer needs, staff workload and ensure potential participants have ample opportunities to apply. Funding is provided through a competitive process.
For more information on the Conservation Stewardship Program, please visit the National CSP website.