Farmers and Ranchers
Information For Farmers and Ranchers
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more than 60 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has been working
one-on-one with farmers and rural landowners, providing technical assistance and
conservation advice. NRCS works with farmers to develop conservation plans for
the whole farm or ranch as well as address individual concerns about soil, water
and other resources.
Conservation planning is a step beyond mere erosion control. It is helping
farmers manage their soil, water, air, plant and animal resources in a way that
prevents resource degradation, ensures sustainability, allows for productivity
and respects the farmer’s needs. Conservation planning can make improvements to
livestock operations, crop production, soil quality, water quality, hay land,
forestland and wildlife habitats. For custom conservation advice for your farm,
contact the nearest NRCS office.
Conservation Practices for the Farm
There are many ways to practice conservation on the farm and reap long-term
benefits. Some common conservation practices are described in detail on the
following handouts. They are available in pdf format. When you click on one of
these conservation practices, the pdf file will download to your computer. It
can be viewed and printed with
Understanding Locally Led Conservation
The technical services of the Natural Resources Conservation Service are
provided in cooperation with local conservation districts. There are 216
conservation districts in Texas. See the Conservation Partnership for more
information, or call the
conservation office in your county.
About NRCS Conservation Programs
NRCS offers a variety of conservation programs that enhance our technical
services. Some programs, like the Texas Soil Survey Program, are a unique
service offered by the agency. Others like EQIP, WHIP, FPRP and WRP are funded by
Congress in the 2002 Farm Bill and are now administered by NRCS. For an overview
of each NRCS conservation program, see
About the NRCS State Technical Committee
The State Technical Committee advises the NRCS State Conservationist on the
technical guidelines necessary to implement the conservation provisions of the
1996 Farm Bill. Committee membership includes representatives from federal and
state conservation agencies, agricultural producers,
nonprofit organizations and agribusiness.
State Technical Committee meetings are open to the public and are held in
Temple as often as necessary to advise and implement the conservation
programs assigned to NRCS. For information about an upcoming meeting, call the
NRCS State Office at 254-742-9800.
Everyone lives in a watershed. A watershed is an area of land that water flows
over and under on its way to a stream, river or lake. It is like a collection
basin. You and everyone in your watershed are part of the watershed community.
The quality of your watershed is directly related to how the community treats
the soil, water, air, plants and animals. What happens in your small watershed
also affects other watersheds downstream.
There are many ways you and your community can work together to keep your
watershed healthy and productive.
Contact your local NRCS office for