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Conservation Stewardship Program

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 – United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will provide nearly $175 million in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres ofgrassland1 sm enrollment this year.

"The Conservation Stewardship Program is different than other USDA financial assistance programs," said Vilsack. "CSP offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. It's about conservation activities on the entire operation focusing on multiple resource concerns."

Vilsack explained that although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forestland owners interested in CSP should submit applications by May 31 to their local NRCS office to ensure they are considered for this year's funding.

The voluntary program allows producers to go the extra mile in conserving natural resources while also maintaining or increasing the productivity of their operations.

Playing a significant part in conserving and improving our nation's resources, producers enrolled an additional 12.1 million acres in CSP last year, bringing the total number of acres to more than 50 million.

Many of the CSP enhancements improve soil quality, which helps land become more resilient to extreme weather.

Several other improvements are available for producers, including intensive rotational grazing, intercropping and wildlife friendly fencing.

Because of the extreme weather in 2012, more interest and participation in the cover crop enhancements is expected this year, according to NRCS experts.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

For the checklist and additional information, visit the CSP website  or visit your local USDA NRCS office.


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A Member's Landscape Restoration Project

Austin Ranch

Austin Ranch is a 1900 acre development in north Dallas that has 35 acres of landscapes in common areas, apartments, offices, and retail.  The area is irrigated from a well fed lake and the water is high in Sodium. 

They use to irrigate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and the landscape was in very poor condition from the buildup of Sodium in the soil from the irrigation water. In a word their water usage was unsustainable.
They needed help, and turned to Turf Feeding Systems to help them solve their water and landscape issues.
The project began in August 2011, and has already shown terrific plant response and is well on its way towards a full recovery.
They installed a fertigation system at the irrigation pump station to treat the irrigation water with a blend of Sodium Blocker and organic based soil and plant nutrients.  This combination released the sodium tied up in the soil and the nutrients brought the soil health back and fed the landscape back into recovery.
The fertigation program reduced their water window from 24 hours a day down to 6 to 8 hours  per day, which reduced the costs associated with constantly running the well pump. In addition, by using less water from the well, it then became available for use in the next phases of development, which previously it was not. 
Sodium is the biggest limiting factor for irrigating landscapes with well water and reclaimed water.  But, there are safe economical practices to treat those issues and recover the landscape.


References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:
Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 


Ford Motors

Girl Scouts of America

Austin Ranch

Turf Feeding Systems

The University of Michigan

The Dodson Group      

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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