NRCS Moves to a New Website
As of Aug. 1, 2011 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) website will have a new look and feel, as well as a new web content management system to improve how we communicate with the public. With this move, we have strived to improve how web users can find our vast amount of content.
Organization of Content & Consolidation
The new NRCS website will organize content by subject, such as Soil, Water, and Air. Visitors will be able to search for information about a subject by name, as opposed to having to navigate through countless program or division pages.
In the past, if you wanted to know how NRCS works to improve our nation’s water resources, you’d have to visit the National Water Management Center website, the Water Quality and Quantity website, and the Wetland Science website to gather information. Now, you’ll simply go to the NRCS homepage and click on “Water.” We've consolidated 12 separate NRCS websites into one.
We've worked to improve the search capability, giving users an advanced search capability to better define what they are seeking.
If you want to stay up to date on the latest NRCS news, our new site has an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feature. This allows you to receive news releases through our email or RSS reader, such as the free ones available through Google, Yahoo, and others.
The public can also provide feedback through our new website feedback forms, which can be found in the "Contact Us" section of our new site.
What Stays the Same?
We still have a "Programs and Services" section, where in depth information about the Farm Bill and other financial and technical assistance programs can be found. Our "Technical Resources" section remains as well. NRCS employees can find some familiar content in the new "People" section, which includes information for employees, volunteers, and partners.
The Future of NRCS Websites
NRCS state websites will move to our new web content management system over the next 12-18 months. We also have our NRCS Soils center website and Water and Climate Center website that will move to our new web system. Even with our new national NRCS website, improvements will continue to be made over the coming months. We want our website to communicate in the best way possible to our core customers and the general public, so that everyone can take advantage of the data, technical help, and financial help NRCS provides.