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Notice to Hispanic or Women Farmers and Ranchers:

If you believe that USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.  Deadline to submit Completed Claims has been extended to May 1, 2013.  For more information go to  or call 1-888-508-4429. 

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Conservation Highlights 2012

A look back at 2012 NRCS programs, accomplishments and changes. 

.....See full publication.



Options for Conservation Reserve Program Lands

When Conservation Reserve Program contracts expire, landowners have many options that will continue to protect these highly erodible acres and build on the environmental gains that that have accrued. 

....... Information letter for Landowners   (pdf, 138 kb)

.....CRP Alternatives and Options (pdf, 78 kb)

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Unlock the Secrets in the Soil - Soil Health

Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.  As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time.

By focusing attention on soil health and by educating our customers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation, we can help our Nation’s farmers and ranchers feed the world more profitably and sustainably – now and for generations to come.

Soil Health resources are designed to help visitors understand the basics and benefits of soil health – and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.  So whether you’re a farmer, a researcher, a conservationist or an interested citizen, the information on this site will help you “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.”







James Bramblett, State Conservationist

Productive Lands   -- Healthy Environment