Arizona Conservation Stewardship Program

Arizona Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
(replaces the Conservation Security Program)

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:

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

CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands 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.

Program Description
CSP is a national program, but each state has the flexibility to determine its own resource concerns. In Arizona, priority will be given in the following areas:

Agricultural Land: Air Quality, Animals, Energy, Plants, and Water Quantity
Forestry: Animals, Plants, Soil Erosion

Eligible applicants include operators of private agricultural land, private forest land, and Indian tribes. To be eligible to participate in CSP, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate that they are meeting the stewardship threshold for at least one resource concern; and
  • Address at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the conservation stewardship contract.

The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations. Contracts will cover the entire agricultural operation and will be for 5 years.

Program Payments
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

Payments will compensate producers for:

  • Installing and adopting additional conservation activities
  • Improving, maintaining, and managing conservation activities in place a the time the contract offer is accepted by the Secretary
  • Adopting resource-conserving crop rotations to achieve beneficial crop rotations
  • Engaging in activities related to on-farm conservation research and demonstration activities, and pilot testing of new technologies or innovative conservation practices

CSP payments to an individual may not exceed $200,000 for all contracts entered into during any 5-year period.

2009 Enhancement Activity Job Sheets

"Enhancement" means a type of conservation activity used to treat natural resources and improve conservation performance. Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity that exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern, and those directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard.

If these are the types of enhancement you want to do on your land, CSP could be a good option for you.

Applying for CSP
To apply for CSP, applicants are asked to use a self-screening checklist.

2009 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 98KB)

If the self-screening shows you are a potential CSP recipient, your local NRCS field office will work with you to do a further assessment to determine program eligibility, ranking, and potential funding.

Payment Range Estimates
See an estimated payment range for approved CSP applicants.

CSP Crops and Crop Rotations
See what crops and crop rotations can qualify CSP recipients for a supplemental payment.

CSP is available in all of Arizona. See the Arizona CSP map to find the NRCS office nearest to you.

Air Quality and CSP
Learn about the specific practices and enhancements CSP can help you do to improve the air quality on your farm, ranch, or forest land.

Saving Energy with CSP
CSP can help you recycle farm lubricants and use solar and other renewable energy.

Saving Water with CSP
CSP can help you reduce agricultural water consumption on your land.


Contact Arizona Conservation Stewardship Program

Contact Arizona Conservation Stewardship Program

Thomas K. Hedt
Phone: 602-280-8824


Service Area

National Program