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Top Conservation Practices Applied by Land Use, Program and Fiscal Year

NRCS National Planning and
Agreements Database, 2005-2020

NRCS conservation programs provide technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who adopt conservation practices to reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. To learn more see NRCS Conservation Programs.

"Top" practices are the most common practices according to the selected metric (acreage or count), area (the specific states selected), program, and years. Changing any of these filters can change the practices included and their ranking.

  • Acres are "land unit acres" and represent land where practices related to a program and land use have been applied during a fiscal year. Here land unit acres are counted each time a practice is applied on that land unit for a land use and program in the fiscal year. Therefore land unit acres may be counted multiple times across practices, programs and fiscal years.
  • Count is the total number of practices applied for the program by land use and fiscal year. These counts may differ from practice counts based on contract items in the ProTracts Program Contracts System because each contract item in ProTracts can cover multiple land units.
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  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) practices, bundles, and enhancements are included starting in FY 2017. See codes that start with "B" (bundles) or "E" enhancements). Enhancements are aggregated by practice, e.g., each enhancement associated with base practice nutrient management (590) are aggregated and identified as "E590." To learn more about CSP bundles and enhancements please see CSP FY 2019 Enhancements and Bundles for FY 2017–FY 2019 and CSP FY 2020 Enhancements and Bundles for FY 2020.

Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Planning and Agreements Database (NPAD), October 2020.


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Citation for this website:
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
National Planning and Agreements Database (NPAD) October 2020
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC. 24 February 2021*
<http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/NRCS_RCA/reports/top-practices.html>

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