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.

Back to school with NRCS

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Western Water Cycle

Mon, May 13, 2013

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

Focus on water quality in Mississippi River basin having impact

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

Modeling, monitoring shows benefits of conservation on ag lands.

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.

New partnership benefits agriculture, wildlife and military

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Sentinel Landscape pilot in Washington supports conservation and national defense.

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.

Survey: Cover crops deliver strong harvest amid drought

Fri, Aug 9, 2013

Learn more about soil health.

NRCS: Conserving in Afghanistan and Iraq

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

NRCS ag advisers bring conservation to foreign countries

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.

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™.

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.

Fish ladder gives rare fish a lift

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

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

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

Fri, Oct 25, 2013

NRCS produces seeds of unique native grasses.

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.”

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.

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.

A pick your own experience at Butler’s Orchard

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Conservation improvements have helped Butler’s Orchard, located in the D.C. suburb of Germantown, grow to encompass 300 acres with more than 180 crops including 25 different kinds of vegetables, fruits and flowers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Conservation groups, farmers protect & restore precious Puget Sound Estuary

Tue, Sep 23, 2014

NRCS and partners celebrate National Estuaries Week.

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.

NRCS helps beginning ranchers through StrikeForce

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Effort helps provide water and other resources for livestock.

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 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.

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.

New Georgia goat farmer finds help through USDA

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

StrikeForce continues to help landowners all across the nation.

NRCS salutes staff for service to country & conservation

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Veterans and ag advisers bring skills and talent to staff.

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’ 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.

New Mexico farmers supply food to community with conservation

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

StrikeForce helps brother-sister duo restore land to agriculture.

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. 

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.

National Resources Inventory provides snapshot of the nation’s agriculture

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

A one-of-a-kind report shows what’s happening on private lands.  

Voluntary conservation effort promotes improved lesser prairie-chicken habitat

Fri, Mar 21, 2014

 A partnership with Pheasants Forever will provide $5 million for lesser prairie-chicken habitat.

Recent forecast shows limited water supply in westernmost states

Wed, Feb 19, 2014

NRCS snow surveyors release latest data on snowpack.

Picture it! Conservation!

Thu, May 8, 2014

Behold the benefits of conservation in this series of before/after pictures.

The sustainable solutions at our feet

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Here are the top five reasons you should “root” for soil health farmers on Earth Day 2014.

Mimic nature to harvest benefits of healthy soil, experts say

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

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

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.

Minnesota farm uses conservation to make each acre count

Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Farm Bill conservation program provides assistance to Uproot Farm.

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.

Beginning farmer seeks greener pastures, sustainable future

Sat, Jan 25, 2014

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

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.

Get Started with NRCS

Mon, Mar 31, 2014

This resource helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners on how to get assistance for conservation.

Conservation easement enables landowners to restore wetland, help at-risk fish

Mon, Mar 24, 2014

The 2014 Farm Bill created the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which consolidates efforts that help landowners restore crucial landscapes.

2014 Farm Bill streamlines, consolidates conservation programs

Wed, Mar 5, 2014

The bill continues to provide technical and financial assistance available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Learn more.

Farm Bill program helps landowner nurture healthy forest, help wildlife

Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Variano “Chino” Suarez works with NRCS to make improvements to his property in Mississippi. 

Earth Day 2014: The hope in healthy soil

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Here are four ways farmers and ranchers are building the soil and ensuring our food future.

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.

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.

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.

Digging deeper: new video series unlocks the secrets of soil health

Tue, Feb 11, 2014

For years, researcher and filmmaker Buz Kloot suspected something remarkable was happening under our feet.

USDA to invest in Prairie Pothole landscape effort

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

By restoring wetlands and grasslands, farmers and ranchers are protecting lands that are critical to holding water and providing wildlife habitat.

March Forecast: Partial snowpack recovery in Pacific Northwest

Fri, Mar 14, 2014

NRCS snow surveyors release latest data on snowpack.

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.

NRCS mascot educates America on soil conservation for 40-plus years

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

NRCS highlights Sammy Soil as part of the back to school season, including the many educational resources available. 

New Mexico farmers supply local food to community with conservation

Tue, May 20, 2014

NRCS makes $15 million available for StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative.

Western Water Supply Forecast Tracks Melting Snowpack

Wed, May 14, 2014

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

NRCS offers science-based solutions and technical experts to help with drought 

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

While we can’t change the weather, we can prepare for it. NRCS offers a variety of resources to help beat drought.

Community combats pollution in Wash. inlet, restores oyster populations

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

The conservation efforts of a community and a dairy helped lead to cleaner water along Henderson Inlet. 

Ohio farmer strives to improve water quality

Wed, May 21, 2014

The National Water Quality Initiative helps address nutrient management and water quality concerns.

Seven remarkable creatures benefiting from habitat enhancements on working lands

Fri, May 16, 2014

NRCS and farmers can make conservation improvements to help variety of wildlife.

Conservation improvements aid restoration in Gulf of Mexico region

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Most of the land in the Gulf region is privately owned, enabling owners and managers ample opportunities to use NRCS conservation practices that lead to cleaner water.

USDA, partners usher in a new era in conservation

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

NRCS is accepting proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program for state, regional and national conservation projects.

NRCS ag adviser recognized for outstanding service in Afghanistan

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

A NRCS assistant state conservationist recently received a top honor for his work overseas.

NRCS, partners transform eyesore into lively green space

Fri, Aug 8, 2014

Parters at local, state and federal levels join to create outdoor classroom to educate youth in Tucumcari, N.M.

The butterfly effect: Conservation helps rare butterfly

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Pollinators play a key role in our nation’s food supply, but despite their value, many pollinator species are in trouble.


Ag adviser returns from tour in Afghanistan, culminating 35-year career at NRCS

Tue, Sep 2, 2014

James “Drew” Adam, a district conservationist from Vermont, is retiring on a “high note” after recently serving overseas.