NRCS puts nearly 70 years of experience to work in assisting owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial incentives are available in some cases. Most work is done with local partners. Our partnership with local conservation districts serves every county in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Participation in our programs is voluntary.
Our Mission: Helping People Help the Land
We provide products and services that enable people to be good stewards of their soil, water, and related natural resources. With our assistance, people are better able to conserve, maintain, or improve their natural resources.
We envision a productive, sustainable agricultural sector in balance with a high-quality environment. Productive use of the Nation's cropland, grazing land and forest land is essential to the Nation's security and the health and well-being of its citizens. These lands form the foundation of a vibrant agricultural economy that provides food, fiber, forest products, and energy for the Nation. These lands also produce environmental benefits that people need - clean and abundent water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems.