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Conservation in Your Community

Conservation in your community

NRCS is the nation’s leading federal private lands conservation agency, and our staff plays a crucial role in educating citizens about agriculture and the environment. Our staff members share this knowledge through a variety of tools, including Conservation in Your Community articles.

These articles feature the expertise of NRCS staff across the country. Staff members are submitting these articles to their local papers to help inform people on healthy soils, clean water and air and other conservation topics. Learn more about how conservation is making a difference in your area.


CONSERVE CHELAN COUNTY, WASH.: Conservation helps organic industry grow


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July 16, 2013 - Amy Hendershot district conservationist

You probably hear the word “organic” quite a bit, but do you really know what it means?

Organic producers use practices that foster the cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Organic farmers limit their use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and do not use sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic engineering.


CONSERVE OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLA.: Farmers, Homeowners Can Help Pollinators Prosper

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June 21, 2013 - Darryl Williams, district conservationist

More than three-fourths of the world's flowering plants rely on the help of pollinators to reproduce.

Learn about how NRCS and private landowners are creating habitat for bees and other pollinators.

CONSERVE KANABEC COUNTY, MINN.: Managed Forests Yield the Best Benefits

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June 26, 2013 - By Shannon Rasinski, district conservationist

A tract of forestland has great potential, but it must be managed well to harness its full benefits.

Learn more how NRCS can help you improve woodlands on your land.

CONSERVE WYOMING’S SOILS: Farmers Harness Benefits from Cover Crops

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July 3, 2013  By James Bauchert, acting state soil scientist

A growing number of farmers have "discovered the cover" -- and for some very good reasons.

Learn more about cover crops, the plants established when cash crops are not grown to improve soil health and harness other benefits.


CONSERVE RANKIN COUNTY, MISS.: Buffers boast benefits on & off farms

Buffers play a crucial role as a safety net for the environment.

February 25, 2013 - By Murray Fulton, soil conservationist

Conservation buffers are strips of plants that provides protection from wind or pollutants entering waterways.

Learn how people are using these environmental safety “nets.”

CONSERVE RAVALLI COUNTY, MONT.: High tunnels provide local fresh fruits, veggies

High tunnel

February 23, 2013 - By Matt Whithed, district conservationist

Seasonal high tunnels are one way that farmers are extending the growing season and helping provide fresh fruits and vegetables to people nearby.

Learn about these greenhouse-like structures, and why they’re such powerful tools.

CONSERVE WICHITA COUNTY,TEXAS: Native plants provide abundant benefits for farms, yards

Native plants February 22, 2013 - By Eileen M. Vale, district conservationist

Native plants are indigenous to a particular area, and they provide ample advantages when used in the right spot.

Learn how native plants are bringing those benefits to yards and farms.

CONSERVE CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO: Farmers help America keep soil healthy 

Healthy soils

February 19, 2012 - By Lori Lenhart, district conservationist

Healthy soil is crucial to our very own existence, giving us clean air and water and bountiful crops.

Learn how people are striving to improve soil health. 

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