USDA Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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, or improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.
Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, improved pasture, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed.
USDA New York Conservation Stewardship Program grants include:
- Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)
- Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
- Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI)
- Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)
Visit the USDA NRCS New York website for additional information on USDA programs for landowners like EQIP, WHIP, EWP, and CTA, that provide technical and financial assistance throughout the year.