Conservation Security Program (CSP) - California


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The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is an opportunity for California farmers who have been practicing good soil and water conservation on their farmland. The purpose of CSP is to reward the best conservation farmers and motivate others to become good stewards of the land.

Funding Interests

CSP provides financial and technical assistance to promote conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation. The program provides equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographic location.

Geographic Focus

The selected watershed for 2008 is the Salinas Watershed.

Types of Support

Technical and Financial

Grant Size

$5000 to $45000

Requirements & Limitations


  • CSP participants must share in the risk of producing crops or livestock on the operation.
  • CSP participants must have control of the land for the life of the CSP contract.
  • Enrolled land must be private agricultural land or tribal land.
  • CSP participants must have completed a form 1026 for wetland and Highly Erodible Land determinations.
  • All CSP program applicants will be required to have a USDA Identification Number (also referred to as a SCIMS number).
  • Application Process

    Agricultural producers in the selected watersheds will need to complete the following steps:

    1. Review the questions located here.
    2. Assemble the following eligibility and assessment information:
      • Complete "The Basic Eligibility Checklist."
      • Obtain and complete the CSP self-assessment workbook either online or by picking up a hard copy at the local USDA Service Center.
      • Use the California Records Workbook to document your stewardship activities.
      • Complete application forms CCC-1200 and AD-1026 Appendix.
    3. Schedule an appointment for an interview, then take the above information with you to your local NRCS Field Office.

    Once the producer completes this information, NRCS will determine the tier level and enrollment category for which the producer qualifies. Subsequently, NRCS will select the categories to be funded for CSP contracts.


    The CSP sign-up period is from April 18-May 16.

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