The MDA recommends voluntary approaches to addressing soil loss and soil erosion issues and offers some suggestions as outlined below to engage agricultural producers in your county. Many advances have been made over the past decades to assist crop and livestock producers in managing their lands, including both from a technological and scientific standpoint. Advancements have also been made in recent years regarding seed technology, nutrient placement and timing of application, crop physiology research and overall land management, including improved soil and water management techniques. However, on certain soils, steep slopes, hydrologic settings or unique landscape features, there may be a need for additional voluntary measures to be implemented.
The water plan should consider including discussion about how to further encourage voluntary initiatives, such as the use of:
All agricultural areas of the county. Specifically important for areas with steep slopes or coarse soils.