OK Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Oklahoma


Grant amount: More than US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Oklahoma

Location of residency: Oklahoma

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Overview:

Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance.

Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help.

No one knows more about your land than you do, and no one knows more about conservation than we do. Together we can develop a plan tailored to your land and your goals to help you increase productivity and protect the value of your land.

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.

Sustainable Production

CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in CSP. Thousands of people have chosen to enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.

CSP participants are seeing real results. Some of these benefits include: 

  • Increase in cattle gains per acre;
  • Increase in crop yields;
  • Increase in wildlife populations;
  • Decrease in producer inputs; and
  • Greater resilience to impacts of weather extremes.

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 and wildlife habitat, as well as food and fiber.

CSP Contracts

The program represents a genuine commitment to conservation – CSP contracts are for five years, with the option to renew if you successfully fulfill the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. An NRCS conservation planner will work closely with you throughout the entire process.

Contract payments are based on two components:

  • payments to maintain the existing conservation based on the operation type and number of resource concerns that are meeting the stewardship level at the time of application, and 
  • payments to implement additional conservation activities.

All CSP contracts will have a minimum annual payment of $1,500.

You will be required to maintain the stewardship level of the resource concerns you are already meeting plus meet or exceed at least one additional resource concern in each land use by the end of the contract.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Am I eligible for CSP?
    • To participate in CSP, you must be in compliance with highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements, and have current farm records with USDA Farm Service Agency.
    • You must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract,
      • be actively engaged in the day-to-day management of the agricultural operation, and
      • share in the risks associated with agricultural production.
    • You must also be meeting the stewardship threshold for at least two resource concerns at the time of application.
  • CSP is for producers who want to take their conservation efforts to the next level.
    • CSP applicants work on-one-one with their NRCS conservation planner to select enhancements that best fit their management goals and that will address resource concerns on the enrolled operation.
  • If the objectives of the initial CSP contract are achieved, you may be eligible to re-enroll for an additional five-year contract if you agree to adopt additional conservation activities to meet or exceed two additional priority resource concerns.