Questions & Answers
What is Core 4
It's a common-sense approach to improving farm
profitability while addressing environmental concerns. Its adaptable to virtually
any farming situation and can be tailored to meet a farmers specific needs.
Sustainable soils that increase long-term productivity result from increased organic
matter, improved soil moisture, reduced compaction, sequestered carbon and reduced
erosion from water and wind.
In addition to food, fiber, energy and other renewable resources, agriculture can also
protect and improve water quality.
Greater on-farm profits
Sharpening management skills and utilizing the latest appropriate
technologies result in higher levels of economic efficiency and cropland productivity
A brighter future for all of us.
Consumer expectations include more than abundant food, fiber and energy. They also expect
agriculture to protect air, soil, water and wildlife.
What do farmers need to do?
Core 4 Conservation farmers all strive
toward these goals and will achieve the results in the best way possible
for their particular land and management abilities. Four of the key
systems likely to be involved crop production include:
Crop Nutrient Management
Pest Management (IPM)
What is different about this?
Core 4 Conservation goes beyond talking about what agriculture is doing
to protect the environment. It is a public way of showing that agriculture is
taking responsibility to build on the environmentally sound management practices already
used on the farm. This will be done by tracking the quality of the systems used
by farmers and reporting the tangible results to the public through
the CTIC newsletter and other national publications, national and
local events and informative materials distributed across the
Who is behind it?
The effort is led by a unique public-private,
agriculture-based partnership that includes many farmer-led organizations, agricultural
businesses, government agencies and universities.
Who is coordinating it?
It's coordinated by the Conservation Technology
Information Center, a nonprofit, information and technology transfer center
funded by both the public and private sectors.