The Agricultural Act of 2014 : working lands programs, The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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CSP functions by encouraging stewardship on agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial private forest land by providing financial assistance to producers who meet program requirements (USDA ERS 2014). Five-year contracts offer annual payments for new and continuing conservation activities. Supplemental payments are also offered on five-year contracts for adopting resource conserving crop-rotation practices. Payments are earned based on conservation performance with higher performing conservation systems earning higher payments.