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Air Quality

NRCS Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Johnson Homestead Sunset

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helps private landowners conserve our natural resources, and air resources are among those.  Our Air Quality resource concerns can be broadly classified into four air quality and atmospheric change issues:   

  • Particulate Matter
  • Ozone Precursors
  • Odor
  • Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration

For each of these major issues the latest science and the most relevant technical tools are being applied so that NRCS personnel, cooperators and landowners can make the best decisions regarding air resources.

NEW! 2014 Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Technology Development Team Annual Report

Reference Guide for Cropping Systems and General Land Management


NRCS and EPA have released Agricultural Air Quality Conservation Measures - Reference Guide for Cropping Systems and General Land Management. (PDF 895 KB)

This 31-page guide provides information about NRCS conservation practices and other activities that can be used to address air resource concerns associated with cropping systems and general land management.



NRCS Greenhouse Gas Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Recipients' Resources Pagehive of information

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) - Greenhouse Gas Awardees: Fiscal Year 2011

In fiscal year 2011, the Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded CIG grants specifically for Greenhouse Gas mitigation and carbon sequestration opportunities. To view a brief summary of the GHG Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) click here. The information includes the state(s) in which the project will be carried out, the total amount of NRCS funding provided, project title, and a brief project description. 

This informational webpage has been developed to facilitate information exchange between the CIG recipients and NRCS state offices throughout the implementation phase of the projects.  Resources on this page are intended to be dynamic and continually updated, especially throughout FY13 during the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) rollout.