Conservation Security Program (CSP) - New Mexico


Contact Information


The Conservation Security Program (CSP rewards farmers and ranchers who are implementing conservation practices on America's working lands including cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and rangeland, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation.

Funding Interests

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is implementing CSP on a watershed basis. Focusing on high priority watersheds will allow NRCS to provide quality service to more applicants than if the program was implemented nationwide.

Geographic Focus

The watersheds selected for participation in 2008 included land within the Animas Valley and Cloverdale watersheds.

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

    To apply for the program, NRCS will ask potential participants to complete the self-assessment to determine if their operations meet the standards of the program and qualify for program participation. By going through the workbook, producers will get a good idea about whether they are eligible for CSP at this time.


    The 2008 sign-up period is from April 18-May 19.

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