California Conservation Stewardship Program Updated:07/2014

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land.

CSP encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:

  • Undertaking additional conservation activities.
  • Improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

CSP offers participants two possible types of payments:

  • Annual payment for installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities
  • Supplemental payment for the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations

The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land operated substantially separate that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract.

Eligible Lands
CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.

Areas within the operation that are not in agricultural production or that are developed, such as farm headquarters, ranch sites, barnyards, feedlots, manure storage facilities, machinery storage areas, and material handling facilities are not eligible for a program payment.

Also not eligible are public lands and private lands currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, Conservation Security Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and the Wetlands Reserve Program.

Applicant Eligibility
Individuals, entities, and Indian Tribes operating agricultural or private non-industrial private forest land may be eligible for the program.

Eligible, privately owned, land must be under control of the applicant for the duration of the CSP contract, which is five years. The entire agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.

Program Application
The Conservation Stewardship Program is offered as a continuous signup, and applications are accepted year-round with periodic ranking cutoff dates announced during the year.

If you are interested in the Conservation Stewardship Program, contact your local NRCS office for the next step in the application process.

To be considered for funding, complete the following steps:


Contact California Conservation Stewardship Program

 

Contact California Conservation Stewardship Program

Alan Forkey
Program Manager
CA  Phone: 530-792-5653


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California