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Farmers, Ranchers, and Landowners Are Doing Their Part to Improve Water Quality

Farmers, Ranchers, and Landowners Are Doing Their Part to Improve Water Quality

Drive across Kansas or fly overhead and you will see evidence of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) work on the State landscape.

Conservation practices such as restored wetlands and planted fields with protective cover are just a few visible signs of the work in our State.

Kansas NRCS Conservationists work with farmers, ranchers, private forest landowners, and local conservation districts to plan and install conservation practices.  NRCS offers multiple suites of practices that can be used to improve soil health, water quality, air quality, and wildlife habitat.

As the nation celebrates National Water Quality Month in August, Kansas NRCS feels the impacts of producer’s water quality efforts.  We are fortunate to have clean, safe water for drinking, as well as for agriculture, recreation, and other purposes.  We appreciate all your hard work.

Agriculture can and does play a critical role in improving water quality and other natural resources in our State.  Ninety-eight percent of the land in Kansas is privately owned.  Considerable water quality and other natural resource improvements is achieved by farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners everyday as they make conservation decisions.

NRCS and Partners are committed to helping producers find suitable solutions to their natural resource challenges, such as water quality impairment.  In many regions of the nation, NRCS offers technical and financial assistance in high-priority watersheds identified by local communities and applicable State agencies.

Our success in improving water quality in Kansas rests with our producers and I am confident they will continue to do their part.  For many farmers, investing in resources is a tradition that goes back generations.  Thank you for all your efforts.

KAREN A. WOODRICH

State Conservationist

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