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Welcome to the NRCS Minnesota state web site

Welcome to the NRCS Minnesota state web site.
Helping People Help the Land

Earth Team volunteers work closely with our NRCS staff and they play an important role in our state’s conservation work.

National Volunteer Week- April 21-27, 2013

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 21-27 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. NRCS in Minnesota values the effort these volunteers have made in assisting our NRCS offices in Helping People Help the Land.

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Sheep Grazing

Farmers mitigate impacts of drought

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought strategy and conservation systems, farmers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather.

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A Sediment and Water Control Basin.

What The Heck Is A WASCOB?

No, it’s not a new USDA “Going Green” initiative for using corn residue. WASCOB stands for Water And Sediment Control Basin, a structural sediment erosion control practice eligible for incentive payment under the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). More on WASCOB’s ...

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Drainage Water Management Control Structure Installation.

Drainage Water Management

Tile drainage has become popular in areas where soils have poor internal drainage because it helps to convert land that would otherwise be too wet to consistently farm into highly productive cropland. While the benefits of tile drainage are improved trafficability and increased crop yields, the practice also delivers nitrates and phosphorus to stream systems which has a detrimental impact on water quality.

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Cover crop planting that included turnips, radishes, lentils, peas, and wheat re-growth.

Cover Crop Soil Health Initiative

Instead of leaving fields bare, producers can enroll acres in the Soil Health (Cover Crop) Initiative to plant cover crops to reduce the probability of erosion, increase soil health, and provide cover and food for many wildlife species.

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