Eligible CSP applicants may
come from a wide variety of
backgrounds, but all must be
involved in the active day-
to-day management of the
farm or ranch under their
Applicants must have con-
trol of the land by owner-
ship, lease, or agreement for
the life of the contract. They
must have the authority to
make decisions about the
management and operation
of the land.
Also, applicants must share
the risk of producing crops
and livestock, and share
in the marketing of those
USDA is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.
Delineating an Agricultural
Operation in Conservation
Security Program (CSP)
WHAT IS IN AN APPLICANT’S AGRICULTURAL OPERATION?
An applicant will delineate their agricultural operation to include all land:
• whether contiguous or non-contiguous;
• under the control of the applicant and constituting a cohesive
management unit, and
• operated with equipment, labor, accounting system, and management,
that are substantially separate from any other land.
This determination is the responsibility of the applicant. He or she may have
only one CSP contract at a time.
For more information about CSP see http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/
csp/ or visit your local USDA Service Center.
√ Agricultural land—cropland including orchards and vineyards;
√ Incidental parcels—including but not limited to pivot corners, field
borders, linear areas, turn rows, intermingled small wet or riparian
√ Other lands—farmsteads, ranch sites, barnyards, feed lots, equipment
storage areas, material handling areas, and other such developed
√ CRP, WRP, GRP, Public land, and forest land
Ineligible lands such as forest land, public land, land in CRP, WRP and GRP,
that are under the control of the applicant, need to be included in the
delineation. However, ineligible lands will not be enrolled in contracts.
What to include in the delineation
The following table provides delineation requirements for some typical situations: