Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment

Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment

Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment Deadline Upcoming for 2018

The cutoff date for applications for Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment is two weeks away.

March 2, 2018 is the cutoff date for farmer applications for 2018 Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment.

Through the 2018 sign-up period, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will enroll an additional 10 million acres of cropland, pastureland, rangeland, and forestland in CSP. Interested farmers and ranchers should contact their local NRCS office as soon as possible to submit an application.

Did you know?

  • CSP is the largest working lands conservation program, allowing you to keep your land in production.
  • CSP is focused on implementing conservation on the entire farm.
  • Contract payments start at $1,500.

There are more than 200 conservation enhancements available through CSP, including cover crops, buffer strips, wildlife habitat development, and more.

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 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.

Interested farmers and ranchers must submit Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment applications by March 2, 2018, to be considered for this year’s sign-up. To apply, producers should stop by their local NRCS office and submit the initial application materials.

For additional information about CSP eligibility, enrollment, and more, visit the Center for Rural Affairs blog here. Or learn more about the CSP on the NRCS Website at

Not a farmer or rancher? You can still show support for working lands conservation programs, like CSP, by contacting your legislator and telling them this program helps keep our soil healthy and our water clean. You can call the congressional switchboard at 202.224.3121.


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