Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


Together the NRCS and you can develop a plan tailored to your operation and your goals to help you increase productivity and protect the value of your land.

How it Works

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, the NRCS can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals.


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.

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

CSP Grasslands Conservation Initiative

This 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.