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2014 Farm Bill

 The 2014 Farm Bill was enacted on February 7, 2014. NRCS offers voluntary Farm Bill conservation programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.

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

Honey Bee Effort

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new effort to help farmers and ranchers plant bee forage. The intent is to improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. In South Dakota the application deadline is April 18, 2014.

Prairie Pothole Wetland and Grassland Retention Project

This unique landscape, known for its diverse wetlands and large areas of native prairie, provides critical habitat for many of the nation’s migratory birds, including grassland birds.

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

Get the most out of your soil via a system of conservation practices such as no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, buffers, and drainage systems. This approach reduces erosion, requires less nutrients, manages effects from flood and drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment runoff.

Latest NRCS science and technology helps agriculture mitigate climate change

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.

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