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Cropland Vision

Vision:  A Productive Land in Harmony with a Quality Environment

The health and resilience of watersheds in South Dakota ultimately affects the quality and quantity of surface water in the watershed as well as the groundwater recharge of shallow aquifers.  In turn, the usability of these resources affects the amount of grain and forage production, the health and productivity of livestock, the productivity of the fish and wildlife populations, the economic vitality of producers, and the sustainability of rural communities.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes the private land user as being in a primary position of cropland stewardship.  Because of their daily contact with the resource, producers have the opportunity to observe changes more closely and in more detail than anyone else.  Due to the intensity of use, cropland as a land resource has a major impact on the quality of the soil and water resource in watersheds and aquifers throughout South Dakota.  NRCS assists farmers in the translation of their observations into a management strategy that promotes the long-term health and productivity of the cropland resource in an environmentally acceptable manner.