Dry Cropland Fact Sheet Utah, 2008
CSP is a unique new program that offers payments for
topnotch 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 treatments,
evaluation, on-farm demonstrations and more.
CSP is a three-tiered program with different requirements
for each tier. All CSP producers, regardless of the tier at
which they participate, must ultimately address minimum
treatment criteria for soil quality and water quality.
Techniques to achieve these soil and water quality criteria
will vary depending on your farms slope, climate, soil
texture and other characteristics. Typically, sound resource
management will include activities such as those shown
below and will result in fertile soil with valuable organic
matter that is protected from erosion. Additionally,
pesticides and nutrients will be managed to help keep
surface and groundwater clean to protect human and
environmental health. For dry cropland, consider the following
What is the Conservation
Security Program (CSP)?
Do you currently . . .
• Rotate your crops?
• Control erosion or soil loss?
• Test soils and apply fertilizers appropriately?
• Keep written records of fertilizer and pesticide applications?
• Scout for insects or weeds and apply pesticides appropriately?
• Are you willing to pursue additional conservation
Producers in the selected
Utah watershed may qualify
for CSP if they are
resource concerns on their
dry cropland by:
• Using mulch till or a reduced tillage system that leaves
crop residues on the soil surface.
• Using a conservation crop rotation that includes high residue
crop or alfalfa in the rotation
• Collecting soil test information and keeping records of
fertilizer and pesticide