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Ohio Natural Resource Concerns

Our top natural resource priorities in Ohio include soil health, water quality and carbon sequestration, while ensuring agricultural productivity.

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Soil Health

Healthy soil functions as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Learn about healthy soil benefits, management and more. 

Aerial view of Mt. Toby Farm (left of Connecticut River), in Sunderland, MA, has worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) to create their conservation plan that includes the use of Forage and biomass Planting  (512) and Establish and reseed their cover crop during the cool season, on October 18, 2019. Working with Natural Resource Specialist / Business Tools Coordinator Lisa Gilbert who records the progress with the conservation plan. USDA Photo

Water Quality

Producers and private landowners play a vital role in improving water quality. Learn about water quality benefits, management and more. 


Climate-Smart Mitigation

NRCS offers a variety of programs, services, resources and tools to pursue voluntary conservation efforts to deliver climate solutions across the nation. Learn more about climate smart mitigation.