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Our Vision: Productive Lands - Healthy Environment

The foundation of this strategic plan is a vision of the landscape that Americans want - a landscape in which a productive agricultural sector and a high quality environment are achieved.

Our Mission: Helping People Help the Land

We provide products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the Nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on private land.

NRCS Overview

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the federal agency that works with private landowners to help them protect their natural resources.

NRCS conservationists spend most of their time on private working lands. They work in close cooperation with conservation districts through USDA service centers that serve every county in the state.

The agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based assistance, partnerships, and cooperative problem solving at the community level through the locally-led conservation process.

Rural and urban communities seek our help in curbing erosion, conserving and protecting water, and solving other resource problems. We help local Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) councils identify and solve human, economic, and environmental problems. Local, state, and federal agencies, policymakers, and special-use districts also rely on NRCS expertise.

To help sustain our natural resources and the environment, NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, improve, and sustain our natural resources including soil, water, air, plants, and animals.

Conservation Districts

USDA has a unique partnership with conservation districts. All 105 conservation districts in Kansas have working mutual agreements with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State of Kansas. Conservation districts provide grassroots input to USDA through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Local conservation district boards of supervisors are composed of three to five elected officials. Conservation districts are organized statewide, often following county boundaries. They generally are collocated with NRCS in USDA Service Centers.