Utah Conservation Stewardship ProgramUpdated:07/2014

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 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 resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy.

CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts: annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and supplemental payments for adopting a resource-conserving crop rotation. Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year.


CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or crops produced, in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations, or Indian tribes. They must:

  • Be the operator of record in the USDA farm records management system for the eligible land being offered for enrollment;
  • Have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract;
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions of 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 12 and adjusted gross income provisions of 7 CFR part 1400; and
  • Include the eligible land in their entire agricultural or forestry operation

Producers must have effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract. Contracts include all eligible land in the agricultural operation. Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

Is CSP Right For Me?

Complete the Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 115KB) to see if you are a good fit for the CSP. You do not have to turn it in to NRCS. It is here to help you determine if CSP is right for you. If you have questions regarding the Checklist, please contact your local NRCS office.

How to Apply

Download, review and complete the Conservation Stewardship Program Application NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 104kb) with Appendix form, and turn it in to your local NRCS office. Please retain a copy of the Appendix for your records.

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Kim Burr
State Farm Bill SpecialistUT  
Phone: (801) 524-4561

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