PA Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Pennsylvania

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Grant amount: US $7,500 - US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: May 10, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Working Professional For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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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. 

Our 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. 

Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance ‐ the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve the resource conditions on their land—including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation. 

Five resource concerns for Ag Land:

  • Soil Erosion 
  • Soil Quality Degradation
  • Water Quality Degradation
  • Air Quality Impacts
  • Livestock Production Limitation

Five resource concerns for Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF):

  • Soil Erosion 
  • Water Quality Degradation
  • Air Quality Impacts
  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Fish and Wildlife – Inadequate Habitat

Benefits to Participants

Subject to the availability of funds, participants will receive one payment per fiscal year of the contract, as soon as practicable after October 1, which includes: 

  • An annual payment for maintaining and managing existing conservation activities. 
  • Payments for installing and adopting additional conservation activities.
  • Supplemental payments on cropland where a resource conserving crop rotation has been adopted or improved.

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


  • Applicant Eligibility –
    • Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian Tribes.
    • All CSP applications must meet the following eligibility requirements: 
      • Be listed as the operator in the USDA farm records management system for the operation being offered for enrollment. 
      • Document that they control the land for the term of the contract and include all eligible land in their entire operation in that contract.
      • Comply with highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions and comply with Adjusted Gross Income provisions.
      • Comply with tenants and sharecroppers provision.
  • Land Eligibility –
    • CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced.
    • Eligible lands include: 
      • private and Tribal agricultural lands (crop and pasture), 
      • nonindustrial private forest land (NIPF), 
      • associated agricultural land, and
      • farmstead.
    • Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract.
  • An applicant’s conservation activities must meet or exceed the stewardship threshold on all land uses for both of the following:
    • At least two resource concerns at the time of contract offer. 
    • At least one additional resource concern by the end of the conservation stewardship contract.