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USDA’s NRCS Technical Experts Provide Insight into the Conservation of Colorado’s Natural Resources

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Petra Popiel
720-544-2808


NRCS Speaks to Denver Botanic Garden Audience
DENVER, CO, March 7, 2018 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an Agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its mission is to help people help the land.  The Agency provides technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers and others care for the land through a conservation focused scientific understanding of various landscapes.
 
In addition to working one-on-one with farmers and ranchers, NRCS technical experts also work with natural resource partners and organizations, serving as panelists and keynote speakers, conducting workshops, and exhibiting displays all aimed at increasing the awareness of how important it is to conserve the natural resources upon which the Ag industry relies. 
 
In Colorado, most recently, NRCS personnel spoke to audiences at the:
  • Colorado Governor’s Ag Forum,
  • Denver Botanic Gardens,
  • High Plains Organic Farming Conference, 
  • Farming Evolution, and
  • Bio-solids workshops. 
“NRCS is often approached by a variety of organizations and educational institutions to share insight into not only agricultural but environmental issues as well,” said Tim Macklin, Acting NRCS State Conservationist in Colorado. “Our staff uses a comprehensive approach to natural resource conservation. As such, the people we help and share our message with are more able to help the land function as a living sustainable system. This helps foster a high standard of living and a quality of life for today and for future generations. It’s a message and methodology that resonates with numerous natural resource stakeholders.”
 
NRCS also offers both its financial and technical assistance of a voluntary basis. Through its Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program NRCS helps landowners:
  • Maintain and improve private lands and their management
  • Maintain and improve wildlife and fish habitat, 
  • Maintain and improve aesthetic character of private lands
  • Implement better land management technologies
  • Protect and improve water quality and quantity
  • Enhance recreational opportunities on their land
  • Explore opportunities to diversify agricultural operations and
  • Develop and apply sustainable agricultural systems.
CTA may be in the form of resource assessment, practice design, resource monitoring, or follow-up of installed practices. Although the program does not include financial or cost-share assistance, clients may develop conservation plans, which may serve as a springboard for those interested in participating in USDA financial assistance programs. CTA planning can also serve as a door to financial assistance and easement conservation programs provided by other Federal, State, and local programs.
 
For more information about NRCS, it programs, benefits and opportunities please visit the local NRCS field office located within the USDA Service Center that services your county or you may visit, www.co.nrcs.usda.gov. 
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