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NRCS Basics Press Kit

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NRCS provides America’s farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, not only helping the environment but agricultural operations, too.

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Seventy percent of our nation’s land is privately owned. Therefore, the fate of America’s natural resources – soil, water, air, plants and animals – rests in the hands of private landowners. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, works closely with these landowners through voluntary incentive-based conservation to ensure private lands are productive, economically profitable, and more resilient to environmental challenges. Created to address the environmental devastation of the Dust Bowl, America made a historic commitment to the stewardship of natural resources.

With 11,000 professionals in nearly every county across the country and an annual budget in excess of $4 billion, NRCS has worked over the past 75 years to ensure productive lands co-exist with a healthy environment. Our expertise across scientific and technical disciplines enables us to provide landowners with conservation solutions that are science-based, economical and resilient. We pride ourselves in being on-the-ground and closely connected with the people and communities we serve.

From soil biologists to geologists and engineers, our experts work with landowners in the field to develop conservation plans, create and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat, ensure healthy and productive soils and manage animal and nutrient waste. We are committed to “helping people help the land” and ensuring that cleaner air and water are enjoyed now and for generations to come.

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Related Links:

  • About NRCS: This webpage provides the mission, history and scope of work of NRCS.
  • Leadership Information: See a biography and photo of NRCS Chief Jason Weller and other agency leaders.
  • Public Affairs Contacts: Find contact information for our national and state media relations specialists.