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Illinois NRCS Legacy Home Page

Welcome to the NRCS Illinois state web site.  We hope you find our website a valuable and helpful resource of up-to-date information on conservation topics including programs, news, data, and more. Thank you for visiting our homepage and for making conservation a priority!

Ivan Dozier, State Conservationist

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week - April 21-27

Earth Team is a program that partners volunteers with NRCS employees. It was created in 1985 and offers many opportunities to individuals older than 14 who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources. Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through the use of community projects.

To learn more


USDA Drought map 2012

NRCS offers science, conservation action to help landowners deal with drought

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service water and climate and other experts are predicting drought conditions in the West and places across the nation, marking a possible two-year drought in many states.

Faced with limited water resources, farmers and ranchers are turning to the NRCS for expert advice and assistance to conserve water.

“Our agency is the agency that takes scientific research and puts it into action for the benefit of landowners, producers and the American public,” said NRCS Deputy Chief for Science and Technology, Dr. Wayne Honeycutt.


For more
NRCS National Site


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Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

Soil – a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.

As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time.

Check out the several terrific soil health videos that have been posted on The USDA NRCS YouTube channel as well as on Vimeo and the Ray the Soil Guy channels. YouTube and Vimeo allow you to “like” or “favorite” as well as recommend videos through a playlist.


National Press Release
Soil Health website


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Earth Day, Every Day at NRCS

Every day is Earth Day at NRCS. This Conservation Showcase is your portal to the stories of America’s farmers and ranchers working together with NRCS and our partners to protect the nation's soil, water, animals, plants and air.

Illinois NRCS Success stories
Illinois NRCS Feature Stories


Notice to Hispanic and/or Women Farmers or Ranchers

Attention Hispanic and Women Farmers & Ranchers
Discrimination Claims Deadline Extended

The USDA has extended the filing deadline for the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must now be filed by MAY 1, 2013 (original deadline was March 25). If you think you might be eligible to file a claim, please access the Farmer and Rancher Call Center or Website:
1-888-508-4429 or .

If you, or someone you know, believe the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has improperly denied you farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic or female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.

For guidance, you may contact an attorney or other legal service provider in your community. If you are currently represented by an attorney regarding allegations of discrimination or in a lawsuit claiming discrimination, you should contact your attorney regarding this claims process. USDA cannot provide legal advice.

USDA News Release

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.