NRCS is the nation’s leading federal private lands conservation agency, and our staff plays a crucial role in educating citizens about agriculture and the environment. Our staff members share this knowledge through a variety of tools, including Conservation in Your Community articles.
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July 16, 2013 - Amy Hendershot district conservationist
You probably hear the word “organic” quite a bit, but do you really know what it means?
Organic producers use practices that foster the cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Organic farmers limit their use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and do not use sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic engineering.