CSP 2008 Conservation Security Program in California i Stewardsh i p Informat on for Crop land CSP is a unique new program that offers payments for top- notch conservation farmers and ranchers. Unlike other programs that help producers fix resource problems, CSP rewards those who already act as model conservationists. It also pays qualified producers to do further environmental enhancements, such as additional conservation CSP is a three-tiered program with different requirements for each treatments, evaluation, and tier. All CSP producers, regardless of the tier at which they participate, more. must ultimately address minimum treatment criteria for soil quality and water quality. Enhancements Techniques to achieve these soil and water criteria will vary depending for Cropland on your farm’s slope, climate, soil texture and other characteristics. While basic soil and water Typically, sound resource management will include activities such as conservation are the key those shown below and will result in fertile soil with valuable organic to gaining admission to matter that is protected from erosion. CSP, you can increase your stewardship and your CSP Additionally, pesticides and nutrients will be managed to help keep payments, by including surface and groundwater clean to protect human and environmental one or more enhancement health. activities. Consider this checklist. Do you currently… A few of the dozens of available practices for cropland include: • Rotate your crops? • Use reduced tillage? • Riparian buffers • Control erosion or soil loss? • Native plant field borders • Use buffers to protect water sources? • Test soils and apply fertilizers accordingly? • Precision application of nutrients and pesticides • Keep records of fertilizer and pesticide applications? • If irrigated, schedule applications based on crop • Precision irrigation needs? • Conserving or creating • Are you willing to pursue additional conservation energy enhancements? For additional information on CSP, visit our Web site at: www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp/2008/ Helping People Help the Land USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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