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Back to school with NRCS

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

Reading, writing and natural resources. This new webpage offers resources for young conservationists.

Ranchers use water wisely, avoid drought impacts

Thu, May 30, 2013

Texas ranchers use conservation to best manage water from rainfall and keep their pastures and cattle healthy.

What’s your state soil?

Fri, Dec 2, 2011

In California, it’s San Joaquin. In Georgia, it’s Tifton. And in Texas, it’s Houston Black. Click here to unearth fascinating facts and photos featuring the state soils of all 50 states – plus Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. All ready to download free in PDF format.

Our Water Cycle Poster Updated and Ready for Order!

Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Just released, our newly-designed water cycle poster takes you on a tour of the stages of evaporation, condensation, and collection of water through a diverse landscape.

Discover Soils from the Ground Up!

Wed, May 9, 2012

Click into extraordinary facts about soil and explore where you can learn even more. We have free stuff for you to download--an amazing soils app for your smartphone that tells you all about the soil nearest you and a poster that shows why it's "time" to conserve soil. Are you ready? Let’s unearth some fascinating soil facts!

USDA and Interior Announce Working Lands for Wildlife

Fri, Mar 30, 2012

A new partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners takes innovative, science-based approaches to restoring and protecting wildlife habitat, including habitat of seven at-risk species and other vulnerable game species on America’s private lands. This effort empowers farmers and ranchers to continue working their lands, while furthering conservation of imperiled species. Learn more about Working Lands for Wildlife.

Helping wetlands and their Owners in a Big Way

Tue, May 22, 2012

See NRCS wetlands experts work with landowners in Lamar County, Texas, to restore wetlands and help wildlife thrive. Learn some wetlands basics and test your wetlands knowledge. And meet some local landowners and NRCS folks who have good things to say about the importance of wetlands restoration. Visit the Wetlands Reserve Program and scroll down.

New effort helps farmers with tools to measure conservation impacts

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

NRCS' new conservation practices are helping farmers install monitoring stations to test the quality of water flowing off their fields. 

Public TV series highlights farmers’ conservation work in Ogallala region

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Farmers in the nation’s bread basket are using different ways to use water wisely. Learn more about this segment from “This American Land.”

The Western Water Cycle

Mon, May 13, 2013

NRCS hydrologist follows the journey of a single snowflake through the Western water cycle.

Drought continues in much of the West

Mon, Jun 3, 2013

NRCS hydrologists predict reduced spring and summer water supply for much of the West.

Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Florida, Panther Corridor

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Dwayne House has lived everything he dreamed of – a successful businessman, an international investor in power generation, construction, oil exploration, agriculture.

USDA-NRCS opens sign-up for conservation easements

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

NRCS is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance  through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program to purchase conservation easements.


The Earth Day confessions of a soil health geek

Wed, Apr 22, 2015

I am a soil health geek. I didn't choose to become a geek, but...

Partnerships key to success for Bi-State sage-grouse

Fri, Apr 24, 2015

The April 21 decision not to list the Bi-State sage-grouse shows the success of collaboration among NRCS, ranchers and other conservation partners.

NRCS Seeks Partner Proposals to protect, restore critical wetlands

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

NRCS has financial and technical assistance available through ACEP to help eligible conservation partners protect and restore wetlands and enhance wildlife habitat. Project proposals are due to NRCS state offices by July 31.

The history of Church: how NRCS’ snow survey program got started

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

James E. Church was a man who answered his calling. Like a real-life Indiana Jones, Professor Church pursued adventure around the world, ending a war and helping to found the Snow Survey Program on the way.

Farmers on the frontline

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

In a time of need, America’s private landowners voluntarily made conservation improvements to their land to aid recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Louisiana’s “teddy bear” is making an iconic comeback

Fri, Jun 12, 2015

Conservation efforts result in increasing Louisiana black bear populations.

USDA extends deadline for general sign-up applications for CSP

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

The NRCS has extended the general sign-up deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program to March 13.

Five questions non-operator landowners should ask farmers about Soil Health

Wed, Feb 11, 2015

More farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the land are taking action to improve the health of their soil.

Deadline approaches for Regional Conservation Partnership Program pre-proposals

Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Don’t miss the opportunity to submit pre-proposals outlining how innovative conservation partners can solve natural resource challenges.

New tool monitors dams, keeps communities safe

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

DamWatch provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety.

Conservation Client Gateway offers a new way to work with NRCS

Fri, Jun 12, 2015

Introducing Conservation Client Gateway, a secure new website that lets farmers and ranchers request conservation assistance, review and sign documents, track payments and much more.

A bunny’s tale: protecting New England cottontail habitat on Cape Cod

Fri, Apr 3, 2015

Private landowners, conservation groups, a tribe and government agencies have joined forces to restore New England Cottontail habitat throughout New England.

USDA and FWS expand conservation efforts for Southwest

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

New biological opinion provides more predictability and available voluntary conservation practices for landowners in the Southwest.

NRCS honors volunteers for National Volunteer Week, April 12-18

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

NRCS thanks its Earth Team volunteers for their hard work and service. More than 25,000 volunteers nationwide donated 318,500 hours to NRCS in 2014.

NRCS makes investment to help improve honey bee health

Wed, Feb 26, 2014

About $3 million in technical and financial assistance will be available to farmers and ranchers interested in helping these vital pollinators.

Focus on water quality in Mississippi River basin having impact

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

Modeling, monitoring shows benefits of conservation on ag lands.

Christmas tree grower in Oregon branches out with NRCS assistance

Sun, Dec 22, 2013

During a time of year more often associated with consumption than conservation, Daniel Logan shows that managing and preserving the land yields both profit and holiday cheer.

Public TV showcases conservation efforts in California to clean & conserve water

Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Through a variety of Farm Bill conservation programs, NRCS helps farmers and ranchers ensure water is clean downstream and abundant.

Ag adviser works with the future agricultural leaders of Paktika, Afghanistan

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

A wetland restoration engineer with NRCS helped create a training farming program.

Hispanic farmers embrace conservation with StrikeForce

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Alfredo and Sabrina Zamora have spent their lives farming in Cochise County, Ariz., where they raise cotton, pecans and alfalfa. Learn more about them.

NRCS helps beginning ranchers through StrikeForce

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Effort helps provide water and other resources for livestock.

Free App Delivers Soil Data Straight to Your Smartphone

Fri, Mar 2, 2012

Unearth data about soils near you, right from your smartphone! Hailed as “an excellent tool for anyone who wants to know what soils are underfoot” and “a must for soil scientists, horticulturists and home gardeners” the GPS-based SoilWeb app delivers real-time NRCS Soil Survey data directly to your smartphone. Discover more about this amazing app.

Latest NRCS science and technology helps agriculture mitigate climate change

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

NRCS developed the world’s largest soil carbon dataset that will help producers and planners estimate the impacts of conservation practices on soil carbon levels.

NRCS: Conserving in Afghanistan and Iraq

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

NRCS ag advisers bring conservation to foreign countries

Conservation groups, farmers protect & restore precious Puget Sound Estuary

Tue, Sep 23, 2014

NRCS and partners celebrate National Estuaries Week.

Water supply forecast shows record snow in northern parts of West

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

NRCS’ National Water and Climate Center surveyors release latest water supply data.

Fish ladder gives rare fish a lift

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

NRCS, partners celebrate voluntary conservation efforts for National Estuaries Week, Sept. 23-29.

StrikeForce helps farmers and ranchers provide communities with local produce

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

A 13-year-old's community garden in Arizona is having positive impacts.

Reforestation efforts restore a scarred Tribal landscape

Mon, Nov 25, 2013

Restoration process helps ensure pine forest for generations to come and needed habitat for wildlife.

Jan. natl. water forecast predicts limited supply west of the Continental Divide

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

First water supply forecast of the year predicts below normal streamflow west of the Continental Divide, says NRCS hydrologists.

Conservation Innovation Grant produces carbon farming opportunities in N.D.

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

NRCS teams up with partners like Ducks Unlimited to create carbon credit system in the Prairie Pothole Region, a sanctuary for nesting waterfowl each year.

Montana seed growers 'sow' importance of organic farming

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

The Crabtrees use the Conservation Stewardship Program to help their production and the environment at the same time.

Beginning farmer seeks greener pastures, sustainable future

Sat, Jan 25, 2014

Rotational grazing system provides benefits for the ranch and the environment.

Native grasses weather drought, provide other benefits

Mon, Jun 3, 2013

Learn how NRCS helps landowners plant native warm-season grasses to harness advantages for the environment and ag operations.

Wetland restorations offer environmental, economic benefits

Mon, Jun 3, 2013

People and cities are recognizing the value of wetland restoration efforts.

Iowa couple grows food, family, community on organic farm

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Some people are born to farm. Others grow to love it. In Melissa Dunham’s case, she fell in love with a farmer — and now she loves both the farmer and the farm.

New online tool helps producers estimate carbon stored in soil

Tue, Jul 2, 2013

Track how much carbon your land can store with COMET-FARM™.

Final water supply forecast confirms dry outlook for the West

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

June measurements confirm that most of the West will have reduced water supply from snowmelt.

Conservation work has a place in your backyard

Sun, Sep 8, 2013

To celebrate USDA Conservation Month, NRCS is providing tips for helping the environment and enhancing your surroundings through backyard conservation.

New USDA Report Shows Conservation Benefit

Thu, Oct 27, 2011

No-till planting of corn into a cover crop of barleyConservation Practices Reducing Sediment, Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Great Lakes Region

Farmers using combinations of erosion-control and nutrient-management practices on cultivated cropland are reducing losses of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous from farm fields and decreasing the movement of these materials to the Great Lakes. Read the latest Conservation Effects Assessment Report.

Vanished rabbit reappears on central California’s Dos Rios Ranch

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Some exciting news recently came from a large wetlands restoration project now underway in Central California.

Connecticut turkey farmer helps keep water clean downstream

Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Conservation practices enable turkey farm to keep pastures in tip-top shape.

Public TV showcases conservation efforts to help at-risk wildlife

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Private landowners work with NRCS to create habitat for prairie chickens, bog turtles and other species.

NRCS ag adviser helps improve agriculture in Iraq, Afghanistan

Wed, Aug 28, 2013

A Kentucky district conservationist spent two years abroad providing clean water and agricultural expertise as an ag adviser.

Oregon farmer uses conservation to grow farm, giant pumpkins

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Oregon organic farmer David Brown didn’t start off growing 400-pound pumpkins, but every fall they hold a prominent place on Brown’s Mustard Seed Farms.

Partnership to help sage-grouse continues to grow

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

When many different groups come together for a common goal, the impacts can be tremendous. That’s the case for the sage-grouse, an at-risk bird in the American West.

Early-season forecast shows rain – not snow – keeping Pacific Northwest wet

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Current condition maps of the Pacific Northwest are a discouraging spread of red dots, meaning the snowpack contains less than half the normal amount of water.

NRCS’ soil health campaign turns two

Mon, Oct 13, 2014

The ‘Unlock the Secrets in the Soil’ campaign seeks to unlock benefits on- and off-the-farm for generations to come.

NRCS helps farmers help honey bees

Wed, Nov 5, 2014

The agency has launched an effort to provide food and habitat for these crucial pollinators in the Midwest.

USDA helps Iraqi war veteran enhance conservation on farm

Mon, Nov 10, 2014

NRCS works with Adam Boge to make conservation improvements to his Iowa farm.

Cranberry farmers conserve water, Shield fruit from cold

Mon, Dec 2, 2013

An NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant is changing the way cranberry growers do business.

NRCS salutes staff for service to country & conservation

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Veterans and ag advisers bring skills and talent to staff.

Teaming up to help the gopher tortoise

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Landowners use conservation practices, like prescribed burning, to help this at-risk species that lives in the nation’s longleaf pine forests.

New partnership benefits agriculture, wildlife and military

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Sentinel Landscape pilot in Washington supports conservation and national defense.

Plant Materials Center in New Mexico helps restore Grand Canyon’s South Rim

Fri, Oct 25, 2013

NRCS produces seeds of unique native grasses.

NRCS to celebrate International Year of Soils in 2015

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations designated next year for celebrating and spreading awareness for soil.

Native plants boost conservation benefits, strengthen wildlife populations

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Native plants in many parts of the U.S. are struggling, posing problems for the wildlife species that depend on them for sustenance and sanctuary.

Survey: Cover crops deliver strong harvest amid drought

Fri, Aug 9, 2013

Learn more about soil health.

NRCS, landowners improve habitat for at-risk species

Fri, Jun 7, 2013

After its first year in action, Working Lands for Wildlife has made strides in creating habitat for threatened and endangered animals. Read more about this partnership.

New Georgia goat farmer finds help through USDA

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

StrikeForce continues to help landowners all across the nation.

Earth Team volunteers share expertise with agency

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

As part of National Volunteer Week, NRCS is celebrating the contributions of the volunteer corps to the agency.

Santo Domingo Pueblo tackles drought with NRCS help

Sun, Sep 15, 2013

Through StrikeForce, NRCS is working with more farmers and ranchers than ever in communities that face persistent poverty.

Mimic nature to harvest benefits of healthy soil, experts say

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

NRCS celebrates soil-building conservation work on World Soil Day.

NRCS initiative helps farmers keep water clean in Chesapeake Bay

Thu, Sep 25, 2014

Farm Bill programs are making it possible for producers address farm water concerns with innovative solutions.

Revamped online newsroom provides latest NRCS information

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

NRCS Newsroom features the agency’s latest information, including news releases, feature stories, downloadable media files and more.

USDA volunteers receive Presidential honor for service

Thu, Oct 2, 2014

Two volunteers were selected for the lifetime President’s Volunteer Service Award for their service to NRCS’ Earth Team volunteer program.

Conservation work on Louisiana rice farm sends cleaner water to Gulf

Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Christian Richard works with NRCS to reduce runoff of nutrients.

New Mexico farmers supply food to community with conservation

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

StrikeForce helps brother-sister duo restore land to agriculture.

Study highlights NRCS’ efforts to create habitat for birds following oil spill

Mon, Feb 9, 2015

Mississippi State University’s independent study shows migratory birds flocked to lands managed with conservation practices.